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Every year, producers have concerns about storing large round hay bales and how to reduce spoilage. Round bales usually suffer greater losses than smaller rectangular bales because they tend to stay...
Find out what you can create with hay bales!
See what you can create with hay bales!
Hauling hay for your use or to deliver to someone else saves money on shipping. Safe transportation requires careful loading and making sure the hay is secured.
Radio interview source: Dr. Dan Undersander, Extension Forage Agronomist, University of Wisconsin Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Stacking hay correctly is...
For many years, all baling twine was made from natural fiber. Today, you have the choice of natural fiber, or plastic twines in an array of colors and strengths.
Typically natural fiber twine is a natural option for those baling hay. However, it's frustrating when the twine breaks in the machine as it's wrapping the bales. Steve Dodds is the CEO...
Using a bale spear to haul unwrapped round hay bales can ruin the protection of the plastic. A hay clamp squeezes bales to pick them up, and may provide more control moving bales from place to place.
Radio interview source: Cory Sarver, Engineering Manager, Woods Equipment Company Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below When moving large round hay bales from one place to another,...
When hay is left outside, it can lose 30 percent or more of its feed value. Wrapping will help reduce that loss.
Reduce feed loss Getting hay cut is often easier said than done, especially on the first cutting of alfalfa, because early spring weather is so wet. We make large, round bales from this crop,...
A lot of people like round hay bales because they can be left in the field until needed. But round bales are heavy and roll easily, so you have to know how to safely handle them. Radio interview...
Learn when to make hay and what you'll need
Radio interview source: Betsy Wieland, Extension educator, University of Minnesota               Listen to the radio story here...