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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I live in south central iowa and I want to bale corn stalks but i have no land and i was was wondering if farmers will let me bale them for free or if i have to split profits and if anybody will let me even do it, i have all the equipment i need and i want to do small square bales of cornstalks, i have a place to store the bales inside and i have lots of hayracks to transport them, i love farming and i already have my own acreage at age 20 and i love to work hard and it is a dream of mine to bale cornstalks and sell them, i appreciate any advice or help i can get thanks wyatt
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One way to get in good with a farmer would be to work for him part time during the busy seasons. Then you may feel comfortable
asking what he thinks about baling some of his stalks. About $.50 a bale would be pretty close to replacement fertilizer cost.
That's kind of the accepted rate for baling off wheat straw around here.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:19 am    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When this subject came up before,somebody said you remove 40 pounds of N by taking the stalks off,so I don't think anybody would just give them away. Wherever I bale them off my own land,I put a lot of manure back on to take their place.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not to be rude, but why would anyone let you take something of value from them, so you could then sell it, for free?

And are you sure your square baler will bale stalks?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote


"Not to be rude, but why would anyone let you take something of value from them, so you could then sell it, for free?"

MJMJ, it's not unheard of for a crop producer to want to get rid of the residue from the previous crop depending upon what their recropping plan is.

IMHO, YOU are being RUDE to shoot down the O.P.'s plan without knowing all the potential details.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

At times it would be nice to have some of that plant matter removed from the field.

However it is organic matter so it does remove some future top soil away so it only be on heavy deep soils, like peat bog, that I wouldn?t mind getting rid of it.

And, it takes away some fertility, P and K mostly, that I would want to be paid back for. I wouldn?t mind losing the N, but the P and K I will need to replace.

The ?stover? part of the nutrients is what you will haul away, and will need to be replaced. If my picture uploads.....

Paul

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Ray Tractor wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:45:37 01/16/20) One way to get in good with a farmer would be to work for him part time during the busy seasons. Then you may feel comfortable
asking what he thinks about baling some of his stalks. About $.50 a bale would be pretty close to replacement fertilizer cost.
That's kind of the accepted rate for baling off wheat straw around here.

I would be willing to pay up to $1.75 per bale, i would bale without shredding it or i would be willing to shred it, whichever works best for the farmer. I know if i didn t shred it there will be less erosion and more nutrients left in the soil, i live north of redfield iowa and the soil around here is really good and flat and i know it has little clay and lots of loam soil so there shouldn t be tons of erosion around here
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote


$1.75 for privilege to bale small sq bales is a lot higher per cu ft of stalks than the $5 per rd bale my neighbor paid last yr for privilege for me to rd bale corn stalks.

I attempted to small sq bale a busted rd bale of corn stalks with very little success SO never again will I attempt to bale small sq bales of corn stalks.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: Corn stalks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

$1.75 a small square bale, come on over! I don?t care how long the bales are or tight you have the twine........

Around here oats or wheat straw you typically would be paying $.70 to $1.10 a bale for the straw laying in the field.

Paul
 
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