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LOOOOOOONG hard weekend!
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Indydirtfarmer    Posted 06-28-2004 at 03:50:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Still not done, but getting close. We combined wheat this weekend. 82 acres worth. Now we still have about 35 acres of straw to bale. We've been running 2 balers while the wife runs the combine. There's about 3000 bales in the barn already, and a bunch more on wagons and trailers. A so-so year for wheat, but a GREAT year for straw. There'll be a couple semi's here this afternoon, to load up some of it. Got that sold to a lanscape contractor. Maybe a couple or three days to finish up with the straw, then a short break. Then it's back out into the hayfields.......
Y'all have a good one. John

VADAVE    Posted 06-28-2004 at 07:04:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
YUP. Finished wheat haverst on Wedensday and then had to wait on the rain. Finially got double-drop beans in the ground Sunday. Waitin' on the rain just makes it longer. Makes the corn grow but would be nice to catch a break about the third week of June every year.

Les    Posted 06-28-2004 at 04:28:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like fun.
My brother just got his "new" baler running over the weekend so we'll be haying this week. Weather looks good so far.

Indydirtfarmer    Posted 06-28-2004 at 04:40:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So far (Keep fingers crossed) both of my balers are holding up fine. Ones a low houred John Deere 348. It's new enough, and heavy duty enough for hard use. The other one is an old New Holland 273 I bought last summer. It was too cheap to pass up. The Deere has a "bale accumulator" on it. The New Holland doesn't. All I know is, I'll sure be glad when we're done. John

New-Gen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 04:53:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bet it's easier to get volunteers to work behind the one with the accumalator!
Does that work pretty well?

Indydirtfarmer    Posted 06-28-2004 at 05:14:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It gets the job done. I bough a Steffens brand accumulator. Got it at auction a couple summers ago. It seems to need constant adjustment. Bale size is critical to its working right. It's a bear to move from one field to another. sure is better than having to pay a gang of help to put up straw/hay. We still have to handle 'em all when they go in the barn.
The wife ran the combine all day. I ran the Deere baler, and my son ran the New Holland baler.
The guy that's buying the 2 semi's worth of straw, rents a New Holland bale wagon to pick his up with. He gets all the bales out of the New Holland baler.
With straw selling as high as $4.50 a bale, at hardware stores/garden centers around here, I make more off of the straw than the wheat.
That is, if I can keep the labor to a minimum. John

Texas    Posted 06-28-2004 at 05:40:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wonder if that guy is interested in rice straw?

Short as hay is gonna be this year due to rain, Ive already got people wanting to bale the straw....but they always want it cheap...

New-Gen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 06:44:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate to sound dumb, but do you feed rice straw or use it for bedding?

Texas    Posted 06-28-2004 at 07:02:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well when times are shortage of hay due to drought ot flood...we feed the rice straw.

Its just filler, not much more than 1 or 2% protein in it.

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