Lots of things going on around Lively H, starting with baling
Note: We let this go a little too long, normally you cut just as it is starting to head. But things don't always go as planned, especially when farming.
Planted early fall- Triticale
What is Triticale? Is a hybrid between rye and wheat
Not only does it serve for a rotational cover crop or double crop, also good eats for cattle.
Many benefits that include it's nutritional value, grows quickly, can be cut green with a high moisture content and used for silage or be cut when dry and baled and fed.
I think personally the reason papa planted this was to serve as a cover crop as well as a feed source for cattle. This year he is cutting the triticale wet or at a higher moisture content than what he normally would and is wrapping it with net wrap/plastic wrap. Benefits of this for a farmer, because as much as we all wish we could we cannot control the weather. Being able to bale with the new baler green for silage saves a lot of time, because if it had just been cut for hay, raked and then it would've needed to dry out, and then baled. With all the rain we've had, it would be sitting out there for awhile, trying to dry out.
It takes about 6 weeks for fermentation in the bales, this helps the animals, in this case being fed will be cattle, digest easier, and still have the nutrient value they need. This 6 weeks is more than enough time for the farmer, because hopefully their pasture is still green and a suitable feeding source for their livestock. These bales will be moved off the field and stacked, and will be ready for feeding time in the winter. With the wrap the bales are wrapped in, it provides protection from the weather as well.
So enough with all the info let's see the new baler at work looks like we have a marshmallow will all those bales. Fast and efficient is an understatement, baling one while wrapping one.
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