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HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE???

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Mike-M

05-04-1999 06:52:17




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Hi All,

Can anyone tell me approximately how many square bales of hay per acre planted, I should expect? It's a Timothy mix.....I'm new to farming and need some help.

Thanks a million!




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Roy

05-05-1999 08:50:01




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 Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 06:52:17  
I enjoyed reading all the comments, but I am not sure of the quantity of hay you are talking about. Can we break this down into a standard unit of measurement, such as tons to the acre. I live in Northern Utah and am from Southeastern Idaho. Bale size varies widely, usually from 80lbs to over a ton. The long distances we ship hay, make it necessary to bale heavy and large sometimes. Also, dairy farmers have a rating system for nutrition or food value for hay and what they will pay for hay is rated accordingly to this. I am not a widely traveled person, and all I know about eastern farming methods I have gotten from a book. Sadly, as hard as the authors try they are not always entirely accurate. Thanks

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BUB

05-06-1999 11:32:08




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 Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Roy, 05-05-1999 08:50:01  
HOW MUCH WOOD COULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK IF A...............................?



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Mike-M

05-05-1999 15:58:49




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 Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Roy, 05-05-1999 08:50:01  
Hi Roy,

We were discussing square bales 50-80lb each.....

Thanks,
Mike



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bbott

05-04-1999 12:23:12




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 Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 06:52:17  
From 80 to 150 depending on lots of things.... mostly weather, how hard the field has been grazed the previous year(s) or let fallow & the quality of the field itself....



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The Red

05-04-1999 08:44:10




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 Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 06:52:17  
In the field east of my farm in East Central Indiana, we got 125 bales on the first cutting and 75 on the second. That is well above normal however.



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Mike-M

05-04-1999 13:36:26




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 Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to The Red, 05-04-1999 08:44:10  
Thanks, Red.. What do you think about Tim getting 200 in a cutting??? Pretty big, huh??



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The Red

05-04-1999 14:56:05




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 Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 13:36:26  
He may be in an area of nice rain. Typically that field would yield only 150 bales per acre. All of Indiana had a great hay crop last year due to a really wet spring, then it got really hot. Perfect for the first cut which we did in the last week of June. Field temp was 100 plus in the sun. Ol Red didn't like that at all. Pulled the wagons in my air conditioned 98 Rock.



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Mike-M

05-05-1999 17:27:03




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to The Red, 05-04-1999 14:56:05  
Thanks Red,

I'm probably not going to get much of a crop this year, but next year should be pretty good. I'll have 40 acres hayed and the year after maybe an additional 15. I really want good soil and I'll be praying for rain...I'm having somebody else plant, cut & bale this year, but next I hope to do it myself. I don't even have a tractor yet and am really struggling with what to go with. Although there's a strong possibility it won't have A/C..!

Thanks again,
Mike

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MSM

06-05-1999 15:52:49
209.84.160.69



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-05-1999 17:27:03  
you don't need A/C. when i drive for my uncle, I drive his IH 1066, it has no A/C, just a cab. i get along just fine, long as all the windows are open. should do fine with just a cheap canopy fron TSC or something like that. usually under 250$.


farmer mike



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Tim(nj)

05-04-1999 07:14:49




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 Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 06:52:17  
Depends on a lot of factors, including rainfall and soil fertility. I run 200 (50 lb.) bales per acre in timothy clover mix sometimes. Other people in my area get anywhere between 60 and 200 bales depending on how much fertilizer they use, the organic content of the soil, etc.



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Mike-M

05-04-1999 07:19:36




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 Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Tim(nj), 05-04-1999 07:14:49  
I kind of thought so. I plan on investing a lot into fertilizer and taking good care of the soil. This is the first year it's been hay. It's been corn for a long time and I don't think its been well maintained. I don't expect a great crop this year. I'm in NJ too.. what part are you from?
Thanks!



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Mike-M

05-04-1999 07:22:39




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 Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 07:19:36  
Tim,
In how many cuttings do you get 200 bales??
-Mike



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Tim(nj)

05-04-1999 10:19:30




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 07:22:39  
I'm in western Hunterdon County

You're not going to believe this, but 200 bales per acre in one cutting.



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Mike-M

05-04-1999 13:34:46




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Tim(nj), 05-04-1999 10:19:30  
WOW!!! That's pretty amazing. What do you recommend I do in order to achieve that kind of yeild?? Thanks again. -Mike



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Tim(nj)

05-04-1999 19:17:09




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Mike-M, 05-04-1999 13:34:46  
That particular field was (in 1998) Climax Timothy. pH was about 6.5. I applied two tons per acre of layer hen manure to it in March 1998. The previous year it had been covered with 300 lbs. per acre of 19-19-19. That particular field also ran 80 bu. wheat and 60 bu. soybeans when those particular crops were in it. I had applied horse manure and lime to the field before the beans, and kept the fertility level up with chemical fertilizer as needed.

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Terry Dixon

05-04-1999 20:21:17




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Tim(nj), 05-04-1999 19:17:09  

Hen Manure, thats the secret. Worked at a large egg producing operation for several years and there was never any trouble getting rid of the manure, all the area farmers would use it on their feilds. Usually for corn though some for hay. Hen manure sure does smell worse than cow manure but seems to grow some crops better.
Terry



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Mike-M

05-05-1999 17:30:00




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: HOW MANY BALES PER ACRE??? in reply to Terry Dixon, 05-04-1999 20:21:17  
Ter,

Chicken crap? I wouldn't have thought of that...I think I just have cow & horse readily available to me... Guess I'll keep my nose in the air to see if any turns up...

Thanks,
Mike



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