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Anyone here do any haying? I have always been intriqued and interested in getting a small square baler (preferably a Dearborn that would be a fabulous accessory for my Ford tractor --- but I have never seen one of these in any condition) How sweet would this look behind my restored 8N?
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I know it is probably not worth the $ nor my time --- but maybe if I cannot find the right equipment, I will try to volunteer for a place that does haying sometime this year --- just to get my feet wet with it. I did this 2 years ago and it was a lot of fun --- albeit some nice hard work. :D

Any insight or stories?

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I have put up hay my entire life. There is nothing easy about it, but it is something I truly enjoy. I am looking for a decent square baler myself so I can bale my own. Now I have 30 acres forty miles from home in hay and I pay to have it put up. From the time I was a young boy I rode the wagons stacking bales and I would make almost $50.00 a week putting me in fat city. The farmer paid $.90 an hour, big money for a kid back then.
 

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How many square bales can you get to an acre of hay? How much do they charge you to put up the hay per bale? Very interesting --- Now you probably couldn't get most kids to do it for $5/hr if at all. I think if they made a console game out of it, then maybe kids would play that at least. :D
 

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I did it for free when i was in High school. Well i say free i did get supper out of the deal.:eat: and lord knows i needed it at the end of the day:night:
 

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Best type of hard work you can find! I put up about 6,000 square bales and 400 rounds last year. Wish I could sell more rounds but most of the local horse people take squares. Aside from one miserably humid day last year, I enjoyed every minute of it. I just took off my first field this year and got around 100 bales to the acre, but I have seen as few as 20/A which is hardly worth mowing. Good luck finding that Dearborn, there might be one hiding in a shed out there somewhere.

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I would love to help! Why are all of you so far away? Did you get a wiff of my sweaty armpits or is it something else? :D :D :D

J/K

Thanks for the insight waynl, congrats on your first post and
WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!

Andy

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Welcome waynl :friends: Thanks for the offer but Joisey is a little far for me :D
 

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Originally posted by waynl
Best type of hard work you can find! I put up about 6,000 square bales and 400 rounds last year. Wish I could sell more rounds but most of the local horse people take squares. Aside from one miserably humid day last year, I enjoyed every minute of it. I just took off my first field this year and got around 100 bales to the acre, but I have seen as few as 20/A which is hardly worth mowing. Good luck finding that Dearborn, there might be one hiding in a shed out there somewhere.

BTW-All volunteers greatly appreciated!
Wow, 100 bales to the acre? That is amazing to me. One question I have is how do you limit the problems associated with high grass (such as pests, ticks etc) when you leave grass to grow tall enough for haying? Is there a preferred height for grass to be hayed? Thanks for the insight.

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My Neighbor got just over 200 bales off about 6 acres. Give or take a little! I helped load qute a few of those and it is sweaty dusty hard work.. I did feel good when it was done! :winky:
 

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Not much of a problem here with pests unless you call turkeys a pest, and they help out with the ticks (and I think ticks prefer brushy areas). We have had ideal hay growing conditions in May (a cold wet May fills the barn with hay) and I applied a moderate amount of fertilizer at greenup in April. Worst problem is having the hay go down from hard rains and we have had a few of those. As far as maturity of the hay goes, grass hay should be mowed at the boot stage (when the seed heads first start to show), but anytime before it goes brown is OK. Alfalfa is at it's peak when the flowers are just in their bud stage.

Anywho, can't wait for this stinkin' weather to staighten up so we can get rolling along. This is my time of year to shed those holiday pounds. Hey, maybe there is a new diet fad here!
 
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