Tag Archive: Bale

Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices

Prior to this week’s USDA crop production estimates, the 2017 US cotton crop was projected at 19 million bales.  There seemed to be general consensus, given the crop conditions in parts of Texas, that the crop would not get bigger with this week’s report.  There was some belief that the crop is actually less than …

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Hay Bale Size Really Does Matter

Now is the time to start planning for the hay making season, so let’s consider the size issue when it comes to hay bales.  In a lot of situations size really does matter, because bale size has the greatest influence on the total weight of hay in a bale, how many pounds of nutrients are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/13/hay-bale-size-really-does-matter/

The Rap on Bale Wrap

Even if net wrap isn’t removed before feeding, using a trailer to keep the hay off the ground helps keep the pasture free of wrap.  Photo Credit: Jed Dillard Round hay balers have made large strides in packaging the bale since their introduction. First, there was sisal twine. Rats chewed through it, or it rotted …

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Round Bale Silage, a Viable Option for Rain-Weary Hay Producers.

Creating an airtight seal using plastic is critical for making quality round bale silage. Photo Credit D. Mayo Introduction: “When the sun shines, make hay.”  (John Heywood, 1546).  For north Florida’s farmers, that statement is much easier said than done lately.  Daily precipitation and rainfall amounts well over 10 inches have left hay farmers frustrated.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/26/round-bale-silage-a-viable-option-for-rain-weary-hay-producers/