Tips for successful baling: Part 1

8/4/2015 8:44:54 AM by

It does not matter if you use large-round, large-square or small-square balers. Creating high-quality bales while also preserving hay quality, optimizing weather protection and ensuring easy storage or transportation all comes down to a few basic principles. First and foremost, you should dismount your tractor and check the baler and the first few bales from your crop field to ensure any adjustments are sufficient and support your operation's needs. Pay particular attention to the density and shape of the bales and adjust the baler when necessary.

You can ensure that your yields are the correct shape and density consistently by starting off your work with windows that are uniform in both width and amount of hay collected. It is also possible to mitigate losses during the baling process when your hay is at its driest state by making the windows as large as your machine can handle.

Here are some tips on how to be sure that you do the job correctly:

Set your baler's pickup tines approximately one inch above the ground. This will help prevent dirt contamination within the hay, which reduces digestibility, and reduces the chances of catching stones inside the baler.

Set the hay pickup flotation so the pickup follows the contour of the terrain just above the tine height capacity. As long as the tines are not cutting though the dirt, the flotation setting is just about right. However, you should check the hay pickup regularly for bent or broken tines — replace them if any are found and remember to stock up on replacements before the next season starts.

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Check the bales for sufficiency before continuing the job.