Wednesday, September 2, 2015
An Afternoon Baling Hay
After getting all the other chores done this morning and finishing up cutting the front field it was time to switch into baler mode for the back couple of acres I cut with the brush hog. This was the acid test to see how well this method would work so I could get some hay off the field while rejuvenating it at the same time.
One thing is for certain. I actually knew this going in but using this old Ford square baler on the front field doesn't quite drive home just how slow it is as it does running it down a 10 acre long strip.
You have to go at a crawl let me tell you.
Also you have to remember I have never baled this field before with this equipment and never actually done more than stacked bales on the wagon. Our hay field has a bit of a slope to it and someone way back when worked three berms into it which is good for keeping the water and nutrients on the field but not so good for baling.
I figure I baled about 2 acres which is around one fifth of the field. The final count was 54 square bales. It took about the first 10 or so bales for the baler to start actually making decent bales and I had about five more break on me and had to re-bale them. By the end though I was getting some nice tight and properly sized bales.
This brings my total count up to about 90 bales this Summer run through this old baler. Making each bale so far cost $21.00 each when you add in the cost of each implement. This isn't including fuel or time either. Yes so far those are some expensive bales. However I now know I can do what was just a theory before and I am gearing up for the big run next week after Labor day. I may in fact get the bale cost down to 10 bucks each by the end of Summer.
The sheep have been doing a number on the over grown garden area.
Another couple of days and I should be able to till it up again.
Gotta go out and get feeding chores done now. I will have more updates on bees a chickens I hope tomorrow. Until then.....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!