August hay

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  1. Win

    Win Well-Known Member

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    Go on,
    Do it! Do it!
     
  2. Titan 8820

    Titan 8820 Well-Known Member

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    Well there was 2 bales done which have been wrapped so at least I will know what it would have turned out like had we suceeded in baling it.
     
  3. Titan 8820

    Titan 8820 Well-Known Member

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    I presume you are going to say Welger and you may well be right , we will never know.
    Every baler in the county was busy on Tuesday I imagine.
     
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  5. mixed fleet

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    Aye I was going to offer me Massey124
    You might want to have a few spare shearbolts.
     
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    i see some lads baled hay today. be some stuff!
     
  7. Arthur

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    Sure wasn't a hay day around here, grass never dried all day despite no rain.
     
  8. Ozzy Scott

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    You what?
     
  9. greenhorn

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    yup small squares. be some froth leaving them in due time!
     
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    Weren't you looking for good hay ozzy.......
     
  11. Big Vern

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    Am feeding August hay to the wife's horse,, he seems to find nice enough mind he's a Welsh cob and will eat owt
     
  12. Titan 8820

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    A shame I couldn't get it all , cos those 2 bales turned out to be the finest haylage I had this year and the horses munched through every stalk. Hopefully will have better luck this summer.
     
  13. Tipp_Man

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    Sorry dragging up an old thread here but

    has anyone cut silage in say early to mid May and then cut HAY later in the summer? Would you be talking 8 weeks after the silage as enough time for the hay? So mid July?
     
  14. MF30

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    Yes but you'd want ideal weather for that to work, rain after the fert and a bit for the 6 growing weeks after. It'd be short though I'd say.
     
  15. headcase

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    Often done 2nd cut hay
    Generally softer grass and softer bales
     
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    Very very hard to do in a normal Irish summer whatever that is anymore. Have you much nitrogen on it? The More N in it the harder it is
     
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  17. Tipp_Man

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    And would that mean harder to save with the soft grass?

    how long after the silage would it need?
     
  18. Tipp_Man

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    Not too much nitrogen in it, about 60 units after the silage
     
  19. jay gatsby

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    Well sure it's like this, if you get the weather it could be cut after 8 weeks. I'd have the wrapper on call though as you could get caught bit that wont be the end of the world. Any fodder will be wanted this year I think
     
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  20. headcase

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    Only if made wrong..
     
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    Just be prepared for the bales to sag a bit
     
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    yeah I think anything edible will be worth money this year
     
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    Misty because it’s after grass so too leafy and won’t be able to dry it properly??

    Or something else?
     
  24. Kieran97

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    We made second cut hay in late August/early September one year. I think it was 2010, which iirc was A particularly bad year for growth. It was great stuff but only yielded about 3 bales to the acre.
     
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    August is the second wettest month of the year .
     
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