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Re: How much hay left in the field after baling

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07-10-2014 20:40:32

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Any hay I leave behind in the field is 100% my fault and I rake with an ole 1937 JD 594 hay rake on steel wheels as well as a 1948 JD 594 hay rake on steel wheels.

Those JD 594's simply do not leave any hay behind. If I leave some hay behind it is because I mis-drove in a curve or something else my fault.

I will admit that back when I was using a bush hog as an improvised hay cutter that I would get some hay loss not at the rake but at the baler due to not having the super-sweep pick up design on the baler.The bushog would cut some shorter pieces that would get missed by a standard baler pick-up that likely would have been baled had the baler had the super sweep.

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07-11-2014 08:17:10

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 Re: How much hay left in the field after baling in reply to rankrank1, 07-10-2014 20:40:32  
I grow oat hay. I am finding I get a better crop volunteer than if I buy seed due to higher quality 2 nd gen seed.
So when I leave hay on the ground I am leaving a lot of seed and returning organic matter to the soil.

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