Hay making 2020

essexpete

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Location
Essex
My yields have varied from average to well below, was raking up this field tonight and wondering whether it is worth the bother of bringing the baler down here.

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nice view though, no fence between me and the water, no inputs at all on this land, not even allowed clover.

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Why not clover ffs? One of the established tennants by Hanningfield res uses fertiliser.
 

Simon Chiles

DD Moderator
What do those bales average in weight?
Bales or packs? Those photos are of bale packs, either one or two in the squeezer.
I haven’t weighed a bale this year, they’re not very heavy as it has been so dry. The moisture meter on the baler hasn’t gone above 12% and it says the average is 8%, however as it can’t read lower than 8% I suspect they are dryer than that. Where we’ve had the odd broken bale there seems to be a huge amount of grass in each one which probably hasn’t helped the numbers.
 

glasshouse

Member
Location
lothians
Turned it all this morning, forecast dry all day.
Started rowing up at 12.30
Put baler on, baled 6 bales and the heavens opened.
😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩
About 3 the sun and wind got up, rowed it again and got baling about 5
Only two more fields to go
 

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
And there was me bitching that I only got 714 bales off of 7 acres! I got 1600 last year! It does get a good dose of liquid fert though
I don't quite know why this was so rubbish, the water table there is only a foot or so down, rubbish wild grasses mainly I suppose and I can't stitch in anything else.
 

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