Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
Wallee is right. It is more important for the hay to dry out BEFORE it is baled. And it needs to be raked and turned at least once so it dries out well underneath too. Once it is baled, it may dry out a little more around the outside, but the inside of your bales will never get a chance to dry out properly once baled if they are still green. And then you run the risk of mold or hot bales. And the dry out time depends on the weather. Last year, we cut our field here in TX in the middle of July at 100 degrees and the grass was practically dry when it hit the ground. We cut Tuesday and baled Fri. My husband is out there cutting as I'm typing this now and we're going to let it dry for about a week this time just because the nights still cool off and get kind of dewy. So just make sure your hay is dried well before baling. Once it is baled, we go out there and collect immediately. Here in TX, especially after last year's drought, theft could be an issue (with square bales more so than round bales). Oh and as far as the size of the job, it depends. We baled 10 acres last year and got 320 square bales. Hubby and I did most of it ourselves and enlisted our kids when we could. It is definitely a workout though! ;) Who needs a gym anyway?!! ;)
Last edited by mammakatja; 05-21-2012 at 05:08 PM.