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

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08-15-2014 05:29:20

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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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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.


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