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TIPS ON CUTTING HAY

Posted Sep 08, 2017 by Alan Xu

It is known to us all that dry hay harvest is an important part of life for farmers who have foraging herbivorous animals, like sheep, cattle and horses. A good hay crop is defined by weather, field conditions and plant reseeding, as well as the farmer’s timing and hard work. As a result, it determines that the start of cutting season is when everybody gets really excited, which will decide the outcome of the year-long hard work. As we all know, the quality of hay harvest is determined by factors of cutting hay to a large extent. So today T&H packaging is goanna discuss three tips on cutting hay with our friends.

The first and utmost important step of hay cut is the right timing. Cut your hay when the leaves have developed fully and the seed heads have not fully developed. This is the point when the hay will offer the best nutrition for your animals. If there are legumes, such as alfalfa and clover, in your hay field, you may need to harvest slightly earlier, when they are at 10 to 20 percent of full flower.

If the hay was cut too early, you will have a much lower yield than you have expected. If the hay was cut too late, the nutritive content in the hay will be too low, because when the seed heads start to ripe, the plant will be focusing on the seed production, all the nutritive content will head to the seed.

It comes to the secondly important part with hay cut, that the machinery will also play a crucial role. People will have different preferences on the brands on the haying machinery, but there is a common practice you will have to carry out for all the machines before the season. You need to check your machinery approximately one month before you plan to start haying. Delays in harvest due to broken parts or inadequate equipment can result in a late harvest or improperly dried hay. If you are a contractor of baling services, a broken machine also means losing contracts. Choose the right machine, and do all the necessary checks.

After everything have been ready, the climate will have the final say on the hay cut. We can’t control the weather, all we can do is just forecast and act in advance. You will have to until you have at least three days of dry weather to cut your hay. It takes this amount of time to cure dry hay for baling and rain interrupts this process. There is usually a two-week window in which hay is in the perfect stage for cutting. If the weather turns wet or even worse, rains after you have cut the hay, the moisture of your hay will be too high for storage and the nutrition will be flushed out by the rain. Be really careful with the weather.

Hay making is a long and complicated process, cutting hay is the first step. Having a good start means a half success of your year-long effort. Commanding better skills, making your process more smooth.