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#1 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:06 PM

We made our last cutting of alfalfa hay last week. This was the last time to make hay off of this field, as we planted a new alfalfa field. Soon, the field will be sprayed to kill the alfalfa off, then (hopefully) this Fall, the field will be chisel plowed, so that it will be ready to go back into row crop production next year. Here are some pictures.

In some of the pictures, you can see the stage that our soybeans are at in their turning. Some are a bit farther along than these. Harvest is getting closer!

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Edited by Gabriel, September 22, 2014 - 10:12 PM.

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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:14 PM

we got our 3rd crop up 2 weeks ago and we just started chopping corn today 


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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:17 PM

we got our 3rd crop up 2 weeks ago and we just started chopping corn today

We could have made our last cutting sooner, but the wheather has been an issue. How many acres of corn do you chop?

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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:19 PM

depends on the year this year its close to 90 and its all done with a 2 row chopper 


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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:21 PM

depends on the year this year its close to 90 and its all done with a 2 row chopper

Do you bag your silage, or do you put it in a silo, or do you mound it?

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Posted September 22, 2014 - 10:24 PM

we put it in a cement pit and mound it this year we aren't going to have any here its all going to a dairy down the road 


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 03:06 AM

We did the last cutting at my Grandpa's farm last week.Dad mowed 2 wednesdays ago.Last he checked it said scattered showers.Well it's ben like that for the last month and we didn't get any.He got home thurs night and it changed to it's going to rain.wll it did.We finally got it baled a week later.It's been tough finding good drying weather this year.We started combining corn last tues in the fields we put winter barley in.


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 05:08 AM

Thank you for sharing the photos. Love the smell of fresh cut hay.
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Posted September 23, 2014 - 09:28 AM

Love the smell of fresh cut hay.

Me too!

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 09:30 AM

We did the last cutting at my Grandpa's farm last week.Dad mowed 2 wednesdays ago.Last he checked it said scattered showers.Well it's ben like that for the last month and we didn't get any.He got home thurs night and it changed to it's going to rain.wll it did.We finally got it baled a week later.It's been tough finding good drying weather this year.We started combining corn last tues in the fields we put winter barley in.

How many acres of corn have you harvested so far? What's the moisture?

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Thanks for sharing.  Cut our last cutting yesterday.  Might run the tedder this afternoon.


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Gabriel, Why don't you mold board plow the alfalfa under anymore? We always plowed it under back when we were farming to help build up the soil.


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 02:29 PM

Gabriel, Why don't you mold board plow the alfalfa under anymore? We always plowed it under back when we were farming to help build up the soil.

I guess mainly because it is easier and cheaper this way, and so that we don't create soil compaction.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 02:31 PM

I guess mainly because it is easier and cheaper this way, and so that we don't create soil compaction.

 

I just would have thought it would be cheaper to plow under then to spray and chisel plow. Thanks.


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 02:42 PM

I just would have thought it would be cheaper to plow under then to spray and chisel plow. Thanks.

Since chisel plowing is faster than mold board plowing, you can cover more ground and don't use as much fuel, so that makes it cheaper. It doesn't cost that much (or take that much time) to spray roughly 6 acres. And, since we do our own spraying, that helps save cost, too (not having to pay for someone else doing it).

And, mold board plows can create a "hard pan", though you don't want to chisel plow to wet, as you will somewhat cause the same problem, though not quite as extensive.

Just our reasons. Anyway, thanks for asking.

Edited by Gabriel, September 23, 2014 - 02:44 PM.

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