Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hay and Straw

 I posted in my last blog a few days ago about the straw we put in the barn?  There are no stupid questions in farming.  Not everyone knows how we put up hay and straw.  I have taken these pictures today to explain what we do when I said putting up straw.  Today was a hay day.

The tractor above has a square baler behind you run it down a wind row it is picked up by the baler run through it and out comes a bale of hay even tied with 2 strings. A square bale weighs around 50 to 60 pounds

 Moving on this is a round baler also pulled by a tractor that makes the big round bales they weigh around 1400 to 1500 pounds.  It was teeth in front that picks up the hay runs it through and out comes the bale tied with surface wrap

These are wind rows the farmer used a rake that is pulled by the tractor, that rakes it into these rows so the balers can pick it up.  The hay in the beginning is cut by a hay bind that cuts it and lays it flat  this has to cure a few days need lots of sun and good weather, then it is raked the rest is explained above.

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