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Rain knocked down my hay.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 8:11 am    Post subject: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Was planning on cutting about 3 acres of hay this afternoon but we had an overnight rain, about 1/2 inch. Problem is that it knocked alot of the hay over so its lying on the ground. It's happened to me before and my hay never seems to stand back up when it dries off. I have never noticed any of my neighbors fields knocked over.

Can anyone tell me why my hay falls over?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 10:32 am    Post subject: Re: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What kind of hay are we talking about? What cutting?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

2nd cut. Mix of tall fescue, orchardgrass and timothy. I think its the fescue that's down. It seems to mature way before the
others.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Sounds like you have better hay than the neighbors
Thicker hay with a larger seed head that the stem can t support when it gets wet
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. I hope it is a reasonable quality of hay. I paid to have it plowed, power harrowed and reseeded last
fall. Anyway I am very new to haying, so have many questions. I hope asking what are probably dumb questions is okay on this
forum.

Thanks Mike
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Rain knocked down my hay. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is a problem we all have in very thick high quality production hay fields. By the time I get to bale the last of my fields,
a significant amount will be leaning over or down. A good mower will slide under it and cut it even if down. In these cases I
try to mow in a direction that slides the cutter bar under the hay. With the right kind of mower you can salvage 95% of the
hay. It will be very difficult if you are trying to cut it with a sickle bar mower.
 
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