Posted 5/14/2019 10:59 (#7496808 - in reply to #7495759) Subject: RE: Baleage question concerning conditioning hay?
Blusteryknollfarm - 5/13/2019 20:28
dabeegmon - 5/13/2019 18:37
Dave EOh - 5/13/2019 04:19
I run a disc mower with out conditioner but have topping shoes and cut a little higher than my neighbors. My hay actually dries faster than neighbors as I am not interfering with the natural capillary action of the plant. Last years baleage was on the dry side and it was cut one day baled the next.
This years plan is to cut in the morning and bale/wrap later the same day.
If you want higher sugar content (and its not that hard to do) you might want to consider cutting in the evening and baling mid next day.
Gaining a couple % higher sugar content (easy in grass hays that aren't real mature) will bump up your feed value nicely.
That works in the north where it gets cool enough at night to slow respiration. Here you lose the sugar overnight in the swath anyhow.
Its not the nights that make for more sugar.
Rather its the photosynthesis during the day that makes for more sugar.
Means that when you cut in the evening, say from 18.00 or so, that the plant has been making sugars and storing them. (Making other things too.)
At night the plant is using energy (sugar) so you have a lower sugar content when the plant is cut in the morning rather than later.
Been places where you cut your hay at night and also baled at night trying to keep some moisture in the stuff - - - that's sort of interesting compared to most of the rest of us.