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Finely got the hay cut
« on: August 01, 2020, 03:37:53 PM »
For one reason or another, we did not get the hay cut last year.  Several farmers said they would cut it but fall came and went and no one showed or called.  I called one guy who said he wanted it, and he said he just didn't get around to it.  At any rate, over 40 acres are now now cut, baled and probably off the fields by now.





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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 07:19:31 PM »
You managed to find someone to cut and bale it for you deadeye? Hay is still bringing about what it did last winter here for quality stuff altho prices show signs of softening some on the lesser quality hay. Noticed locally there were a lot more ditches baled this year than last. I gotta tell ya, cutting & baling it yourself is overrated. I fell in a hole while stacking the last partial load this a.m. & twisted my ankle. Heard lots of snap, crackle & pop. Now it's getting sore.
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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 07:31:42 PM »
Yup time to just buy it and rent out your fields.  ????

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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 09:03:28 PM »
Dotch,
being a farmer in the know, what's a fair stumpage price per bale (probably 1000 pound bales) for lesser quality grass hay.  I know there are a lot of factors that would influence the price.  Distance from road, quality of hay, ease of cutting and hauling (smooth fields), etc.   
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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 08:29:43 AM »
Just a ballpark guess, they should be worth $25 -$30 a bale if the guy did his own cutting, baling and hauling which is what I assume you mean by "stumpage". If you did the field operations yourself, then it's more like $35 - $50 a bale depending on how good it is. I know it's been dry in NE MN so betting hay might be a little tight there. That's a positive thing if you're the guy selling it, not so much if you're buying it. LPS might have some thoughts on price to as he has some hay burners. 
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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2020, 09:22:50 AM »
I agreed to buy 22 bales of pretty good hay for my horses.  They guy also feeds his stock cows the same stuff.  He is a pretty knowledgeable guy.  I am getting appx 800 lb bales at about $30 per bale.  He bales them and will probably load them on flat beds and I go pick them up and return them when I empty them.  Good system for me. 

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Re: Finely got the hay cut
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 08:23:45 PM »
I had time to run up to my land today.  The hay has been baled and hauled.  I have no idea at this time how many bales the guy took off the land.  I just have to hope he's an honest man.  Because a 24 acre field was not cut for two years and an 18 acre field was not cut last year, I gave him a great deal being their could be a bit of old residue in the new cutting.  When I was there on Wednesday, he told me at least three times that he wanted to make the hay net year.  I guess he knows a good deal when he sees it. 
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