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jsbmaine
06-21-2006, 10:35 PM
Ok, not exactly a lawn, but close.

Signature Landscaping1
06-21-2006, 10:49 PM
Thats sweet Jeff!, Is it yours? How many acres on the new farm?

jsbmaine
06-21-2006, 10:56 PM
no, the tractor belongs to a friend i work with. it's a JD 4455
the mower is an old New holland 411
I got off to look for a rock, and took this about 3pm this afternoon
As of now, there is no "new farm" i'm just doing custom work for other people, while trying to build the lawncare biz. I would estimate i will cut about 300 acres of hay this year, for various people in the area.

Dirt Digger2
06-21-2006, 11:04 PM
where in malvern you at?...we do about 50 acres of little bales over here in Unionville/ west chester area with a 4020 and a new holland haybine...nice set up though, them cab tractors are real nice on days like today

jsbmaine
06-21-2006, 11:37 PM
I'm near Herrshey's Mill and Immacculata
I used to farm more, now I just work for a friend who's a big farmer around here.

Dirt Digger2
06-22-2006, 07:32 AM
I'm near Herrshey's Mill and Immacculata
I used to farm more, now I just work for a friend who's a big farmer around here.

wouldn't be one of the Hicks brothers would it?

jsbmaine
06-22-2006, 09:11 AM
nope, i've baled some straw for pete in the past though

FearThisDeere
06-22-2006, 10:16 AM
300 acres of hay this year, for various people in the area.
About how many standard bales of hay to you usually get per acre?

jsbmaine
06-22-2006, 01:47 PM
first cutting, usually about 50
second cutting more like 30
we try for 50lb bales

FearThisDeere
06-22-2006, 05:06 PM
Cool, my family and I run a horse farm here in Mass. I am haying for a guy up the road for me since he has gotten too old to do it. 35 acres of pure hayfields!

jsbmaine
06-22-2006, 05:17 PM
Cool, my family and I run a horse farm here in Mass. I am haying for a guy up the road for me since he has gotten too old to do it. 35 acres of pure hayfields!

nice, what kind of equipment?

We are using the 4455 JD, a new holland 411 discbine, a 256 rake, a kuhn tedder, and a nh 575 baler.

FearThisDeere
06-22-2006, 06:52 PM
I don't really know what the guy I am working for has. I know he has a couple Internationals and a ten wheel flatbed truck, other than I don't really know. We have a 2005 JD 4310 with 5' field mower, 5' backblade, 5' box scraper, 6' landscape rake, and a 6' Curtis plow. I love that tractor more than anything. It has 110 hours on it and you would never know. It is the perfect size for our operation. Big enough to get the work done, but small enough that I can wheel it through the barn and all of the gates. This is what my fields looked like really early this spring. They are much, much greener and thicker right now. Almost time to cut them, even though I don't hay them:

LindblomRJ
06-22-2006, 10:36 PM
When I was on the ranch I was cutting hay at first with a 3020 John Deere and a Hestron 1040 Hydroswing. Later it was a John Deere 4020 and a Case IH 8312 disk mower/conditionar.

The hay was stacked with a John Deere 200 stacker.

Now they have a New Holland round bailer, and a Howes sickle mower and a Vermeer rake.

The hay fields vary from 80 acres to 640 acres. I miss haying.

Dirt Digger2
06-23-2006, 07:38 AM
heres the 4020 with an 8 foot Rhino preparing a new hay field...we disked it, seeded it, and caltipacked it after this.

LindblomRJ
06-23-2006, 10:10 AM
I alway liked the sound of the 4020 diesel, especially when it is working. Same with any old cat engine.

Neat picture(s)

True Cut Lawn Maintenance
06-23-2006, 10:53 AM
Any reason that you dont use round bales??

jsbmaine
06-23-2006, 03:55 PM
Any reason that you dont use round bales??

I do round bale if the hay gets old, or rained on. Small bales produce much higher prices around here, and there are lots of barns with mows suited to them. Also, many horse farms will not buy anything but small bales.

For the large dairy farm customers, we use midsize square bales (3'x3'x8')

In general we tend to think of round baling as a last ditch way to get junk off the fields however.

Dirt Digger2
06-23-2006, 09:07 PM
I alway liked the sound of the 4020 diesel, especially when it is working. Same with any old cat engine.

Neat picture(s)

you should hear it since we put a 4inch chrome straight stack on it...when my buddy is driving it down the road i can hear him a half mile away at another farm.

Dirt Digger2
06-23-2006, 09:10 PM
heres the two working in the early spring...i'll have to get a picture of the new chrome stack

FearThisDeere
06-23-2006, 11:16 PM
I will be waiting for that chrome stack pic!

LindblomRJ
06-23-2006, 11:19 PM
When we were using the JD 200 stacker and 4020 you could hear it from about 2 miles away. Almost like listening to a locomotive pulling 100 car train.

KS_Grasscutter
06-23-2006, 11:28 PM
I too will be waiting for the pic with the chorme stack! 4020s are great tractors. We used to have a 4010 that we used to bush hog and drill wheat. We traded it for a 4440, wich is another dang nice tractor. I would like to get a 4020 powersift some day.

METRO 36
06-24-2006, 12:53 AM
what is it costing you guys to put up an acre of hay? here in western sd, the ag department is saying that it cost 76.00 an acre this year (5th year in drought) and where not even getting a ton of hay per acre.

there was a quistion on why not round bales???? the answer was very true, more money in small squares and alot of people wont buy rounds because they dont have a way to move them, and they cant stack them in there barn alley way.

I also think it would look pretty funny seeing myself going to a horse show with a roundbale on the roof of my trailer.lol

LindblomRJ
06-24-2006, 06:37 AM
Hey Metro

You do the horse show thing... My neice is going to National Highschool finals next month...

Seems like hay preferences depend on location, round bales are poplar in one area, while small square bales in another area are "in" or loose stacks in an area.

Also depends on what you are feeding. IMO round bales seem to waste a lot of hay.

FearThisDeere
06-24-2006, 05:31 PM
Right now we only use the square bales, but we are also set up for round bales. Round bales are suaully for the her horses that stay out 24 hours a day. Our horses go out in the fields for the day, but come in at night. Round bales are alos used in fields that do not have any good quality grass. Round bales also tend to rot a lot faster. I have experience with both and small square bales are the easist to use for most farm around here. Right now we get compressed double bales from Canada. They are two square bales compressed into one 90 to 115 lb. bale. Those are fun to pick up!

J&R Landscaping
06-26-2006, 09:44 PM
The older John deeres look awsome!

Dirt Digger2
07-20-2006, 09:22 PM
sorry it took so long...its been a while since i got out to the farm with my camera but heres a pic of the stack

jsbmaine
07-20-2006, 10:08 PM
lookin good.....

DUSTYCEDAR
07-20-2006, 10:20 PM
they have been cuttin and balin all last week around here wheet straw

Dirt Digger2
07-20-2006, 10:26 PM
they have been cuttin and balin all last week around here wheet straw

where in S.E. PA?...we got all our bales in right before that big storm 2 days ago...i actually still dont have power..50 hours now...my laptop battery is starting to run dead