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Discussion Board - Re: Who Does NOT Condition Their Hay?

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Bill VA

08-13-2014 10:03:58
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Thanks everyone for your replies! Interesting to hear these responses.

I think ultimately in my neck of the woods, given the potential for late evening thunderstorms and high humidity AND the fact I've got a day job and time is somewhat limited, we will probably wind-up with a tedder. I should think the ideal setup for us would ultimately be a haybine and a tedder too.

Unless a tedder falls in my lap in the next few weeks, we'll be going at it without one.

Thanks!
Bill

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kyhayman

08-17-2014 08:34:36
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 Re: Who Does NOT Condition Their Hay? in reply to Bill VA, 08-13-2014 10:03:58  
I run both a discbine and a tedder, sometimes it still isnt enough. But, with that said, we also run straight disc mowers and sometimes ted, sometimes not. As business has grown, I've got 3 mowers on the road, and only 2 tedders, which I dont like to run up and down the highway. They live a hard life as it is.

1st cutting grass hay, burnt up red clover, and some weeds and white clover in it, first week of August. Cut with a regular disc mower, raked the next day, baled the next. Other places, not unheard of to cut one day, let lay the next, rake the next, then flip and bale in 2 hours the next. I've put up a lot of good hay without either the haybine or the tedder that way.

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hayray

08-15-2014 05:29:20
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 Re: Who Does NOT Condition Their Hay? in reply to Bill VA, 08-13-2014 10:03:58  
I put up over 600 tons of hay a year and have never used a tedder. Timing of when to cut in relation to the weather is far more important then tedding. My neighbors who use tedders maybe get a hour head start on my baling but the biomass loss on their hay is pretty high, bales are all sticks and no leaf.



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Bill Va

08-15-2014 08:20:00
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 Re: Who Does NOT Condition Their Hay? in reply to hayray, 08-15-2014 05:29:20  
The leaf loss is one of the things I've pondered about when tedding, crimping and just moving the hay around. I know it's necessary - but at what cost? On one hand, the quality of the hay IMHO suffers to some extent with movement and leaf loss, but on the other hand, I'm thinking - better to have some leaf loss than loose a whole crop to a rain.

One thing that get's tossed around is - leaf loss. Question is - I understand it is a larger problem with alfalfa and clover, but what about orchard grass, fescue and timothy - grass hay? What is there to knock off on these grasses with a tedder?

Thanks for the reply! We'll see how it goes this time around. I hope I can report back with a few pics of bales in a few weeks and have a good sense going into winter and next Spring where I stand with my equipment.

Bill

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08-13-2014 21:09:15
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 Re: Who Does NOT Condition Their Hay? in reply to Bill VA, 08-13-2014 10:03:58  
Up till the year 2000 I had a full time job and then some plus baled my hay and have not used a tedder ever. I did get lucky to find a NH460 haybine back in say 1998 or so but up till then did all my hay with a sickle bar mower a rake and a baler and did that since July of 1980



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