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.