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Re: Any tips on getting hay to dry in 60-70 degree weather?

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10-17-2013 07:07:00

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A wheel rake isn't going to give you much appreciable advantage over what you already have. But, you seem to have made up your mind regarding the wheel rake. If you have to pay "extra" for the wheel rake, don't waste your time. Using a wheel rake to fluff the hay is "just barely" better than doing nothing. Do as the others have told you and find a tedder. For some reason, you seem to think that the wheel rake will improve the drying of the hay "after" it is raked. It will not. You're going to go out there and rake the hay before it's ready and you'll end up with a "real" mess. You asked for our opinions and we gave them to you.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

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10-17-2013 10:21:37

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 Re: Any tips on getting hay to dry in 60-70 degree weather? in reply to randallinMo, 10-17-2013 07:07:00  
No I wasn"t intending on trying to fluff it after it was raked. I had intended on fluffing it while it was in a swath. I don"t rake hay until its dry.

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10-17-2013 17:04:40

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 Re: Any tips on getting hay to dry in 60-70 degree weather? in reply to Jason S., 10-17-2013 10:21:37  
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Jason, What I was trying to get across is that this late in the season you have to operate a little differently. Around here what we all do is to rake BEFORE it is fully dry, in order to reduce the exposure to the heavy dew. Then we turn it the next day.

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10-17-2013 10:31:25

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 Re: Any tips on getting hay to dry in 60-70 degree weather? in reply to Jason S., 10-17-2013 10:21:37  
I knew what you meant...trying to fluff it while it was still laid out wide. I've seen guys try to do this and barely had any results with a wheel rake.

What I tried to imply was that you'll probably have to pay "more" after the trade in of your rake on a wheel rake. Take that same money and purchase a'll be WAY ahead. I fought the urge to buy a tedder for years. After I got one, I absolutely could not believe the difference.

There is an art to running a tedder. One setting does not fit all, especially in alfalfa. With pure grass hay you can pretty much run as fast as you want and sling it as far as you want. With legumes, you have to speed up the tractor and slow down the rpm's of the tedder in order to not knock off the leaves.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Hey, let us know how the wheel rake works to fluff your hay if you go that route.

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10-17-2013 15:17:45

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 Re: Any tips on getting hay to dry in 60-70 degree weather? in reply to randallinMo, 10-17-2013 10:31:25  
I'm going to keep my bar rake. Its a very nice Ferguson D-EO-20 3 pt rake.The wheel rake is only $100.00 even if it doesn't work good to fluff hay I can at least pick up some speed raking grass hay. I won't have much invested in it anyway. Over the winter and into the spring I am going to keep a watch out for a tedder maybe at an auction or something.

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