THE SCIENCE OF BUILDING A BETTER BALE

Better baling starts with a cleaner cut

Better hay starts in the preparation of the crop. Cut it right and dry it fast. That way, your crops retain more nutrients, resulting in a higher-quality bale with greater feed value. It sounds simple, but better baling requires better equipment. A well-conditioned crop, clean raking and effective drying strategies will allow you to spend less time in the field while building a well-shaped windrow with no contaminants.


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Faster Cutting

The window for haymaking can be short. The right equipment means you can cut faster and get your crop ready for drying in a shorter amount of time. Disc type mowers and mower conditioners can help you cover three times more acres than a sickle type mower. Sharp blades will also maximize your efficiency and horsepower so nothing is wasted.


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Improved Yield and Quality

Even something as simple as changing the time you cut can improve your end product—hay cut in the morning will have fewer lost carbohydrates than hay cut at any other time of day. Cleaner raking ensures more valuable crop is placed in the windrow while leaving impurities behind. That means higher tonnage and better feed quality.


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Quick Drydown

Better baling requires uniform stem crushing and cracking. It speeds the drying process of your crops. A wide conditioner is essential to producing a wide, fast drying swath that helps retain greater feed value. That wider swath allows for harvest 10-12 hours earlier, with higher forage quality. Use a hay tedder to further increase drying rate by 15-30%.


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Discover why the DuraDisc™ 210M trailed heavy-duty disc mower is the start of better baling.


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DISCBINE® 209 AND DISCBINE 210

The new Discbine 209 and Discbine 210 disc mower-conditioners help you make the very highest-quality hay, and help you keep more of it. They cut crop closely, cleanly and quickly, and condition it uniformly for faster drydown, preserving nutrients.


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MEGACUTTER™ 512 and MEGACUTTER 533

When you have hundreds of acres to mow before lunch, the importance of effective conditioning is clear. The MegaCutter models 512 and 533 disc mower-conditioners give you faster crop drying. It’s essential for reaching the ideal moisture quickly so you can move on to the next field.


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ProRotor™ 3223 Rake

With long, flexible tines, each ProRotor rake tine arm lifts and carries the crop, delivering it into the windrow. The tines never need to touch the soil, so there is little risk of contaminants being swept into the windrow. The rotary action builds a well-shaped windrow that promotes continued drying. That way, you can rake earlier which retains delicate leaves and produces higher quality forage.


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Step two: packaging

With all of the work put into cutting and drying your crop, it’s important to follow up with the best packaging practices. Check out Step 2 for tips on how to improve your baling and packaging.



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