Must be some money in straw

Not if you can get it dried back out. And some has had a lot of rain on it now, laid for 3 weeks or more round these parts. And I know there is going to be a lot of bad barley bales up here, that was either 'dried out' or baled behind the combines.
I only ask because, in the past, when I operated a straw chopper, the thing would shred bales with equal aplomb regardless of it's moisture content. Fousty bales when up the chute as fast as bone dry.

And yet, this year, the straw from last summer, being absolutely bone dry to a crisp, does not absorb moisture no matter how you use it?
 

Hesston4860s

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Location
Nr Lincoln
Slightly weathered straw is better for bedding as the lignins have already started to break down making it more absorbent. No one likes to buy it tho, they all appear to like to buy the nice bright shiny good looking straw even tho it’s technically not as good for bedding.
 

Ormond

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Apparently a big farming lot round here baled and led 1000 acres of straw on Thursday last week. How many balers I don't know, someone counted at least 7, but supposedly there was 14 tractors and trailers and I'd imagine you'd need a few tele handlers as well. Going to be some bill as usually they lead it all themselves with own wagons.
That's the way to do it.....imagine all the work involved getting that amount of straw dry....not to mention the damage to the soil structure it a lot of rain fell, fields are all cleared now ready for the next crop .... Sometimes a job needs doing ultra fast.
 

ILovebaling

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Location
Co Durham
That's the way to do it.....imagine all the work involved getting that amount of straw dry....not to mention the damage to the soil structure it a lot of rain fell, fields are all cleared now ready for the next crop .... Sometimes a job needs doing ultra fast.
It had already got wet, some had been down 2 weeks. They'd had quite a few turner's on the day before.
 
Location
Cleveland
I only ask because, in the past, when I operated a straw chopper, the thing would shred bales with equal aplomb regardless of it's moisture content. Fousty bales when up the chute as fast as bone dry.

And yet, this year, the straw from last summer, being absolutely bone dry to a crisp, does not absorb moisture no matter how you use it?
It’s too waxy to absorb
 
Apparently a big farming lot round here baled and led 1000 acres of straw on Thursday last week. How many balers I don't know, someone counted at least 7, but supposedly there was 14 tractors and trailers and I'd imagine you'd need a few tele handlers as well. Going to be some bill as usually they lead it all themselves with own wagons.
JW?
 

ILovebaling

Member
Location
Co Durham
But then saying that, if a customer says bale something you bale it, even if you've advised them otherwise or not. Still get the blame that way like.
 

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