Efficiency never gets old. That goes for everything, especially for baling hay. And with hay prices at a record high, more and more farmers are choosing to cut and bale hay on their own. Here’s how you can keep efficiency at a high while you turn hay into bales.
Go for wide windrows
This is especially ideal for round balers. With wider windrows, you can feed your crop evenly across the bale. This prevents the production of barrel-shaped bales that are a whole lot thicker in the middle than the ends.
Don’t bale when moisture is too high or low
Too much or too little moisture can result in leaf shatter as well as nutrient losses, which are the last two things you want to happen. Check your humidity meter regularly to help you figure out when the best time to get your baling crew in action is. Some find nighttime to be the best for baling hay.
When the weather starts to shift in the morning, that’s when you stop. By being careful about the moisture and humidity, you’re well able to produce higher quality hay as a result.
Inspect and repair regularly
Don’t skip a tune up or maintenance service. Regular maintenance helps keep your baler in great shape. You can easily spot problems before they turn into even bigger ones. By keeping up with maintenance and repairs, you can count on your baler to last for a long time. With a durable, high-performing baler, you won’t have to worry about stopping work any time soon.
Replace your belts
One of the things that wear out over time are your baler belts. So don’t try to push your belts beyond their limits. Stock up on Vermeer baler belts or put them in place as soon as you see cracks, along with other signs of excessive wear and damage to your belts. Cracked belts can lead to belt failure that could compromise your system in one fell swoop.
You wouldn’t want to stop baling hay simply because your baler belts let you down. So save yourself from the trouble as well as expense you’ll have to spend just to get the damage fixed. Keep that from happening by ensuring new belts are in place.
So choose efficiency. Follow these tips to keep your haling operations smooth. For more, get in touch with us. At AG Belting Outlet, we have the information you need to get the belt replacements that are right for you.
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