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chipster22
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Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

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jrsiajdranch
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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

So if it was like back in 88 in Ionia county that means ya got about 24 bucks an acre. Right?

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

Yep, $24.00 per acre would be about right.

 

I'm near Napoleon, Ohio and we have been getting one or two bales to the acre.  So 2 bales time the $12.20 record price is $24.40.

 

We are trying something different on our last field though.  Some of the neighbors hired the local alfalfa mill to cut the hay since they have a 20 foot header and can drop windrow to the side.  They come back the other way and get a swath from 40 feet total. 

 

It seems a lot was being lost during raking and this method is reported to yield as much as ten times more bales.  I'm hoping for 15 bales to the acre with the alfalfa mill doing the cutting.

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

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How much does a bale weigh?  Out west we sell hay, and grain, by the ton.  Top hay in the Klamath Basin is selling for $200-$220.

 

By the bale, that gives me about $150.

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

JRfromOR we have hay in this area that is reaching the $350 a ton price.

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

One of those 1000 pound round bales?  Or a 25 pound square?  Price doesn't mean much unless you know the AMOUNT of hay for $12.00 per "bale." 

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

It was for small square bales.  I don't know the weight of the bales they sold that day, but usually they are from 35# to 60# tops at auctions around here.

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

I don't know the weight of the actual bales sold, but small squares could be from 35# to 60# usually.

 

At $12.20 per bale that would give a possible range of about $400.00 to $700.00 per ton.

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Re: Record Hay Price in Hillsdale Michigan

We wound up getting nearly 9 small square bales to the acre in the field cut by the alfalfa mill.  Still not great, but much better than 1 or 2 bales we would have likely gotten if we tried to rake it all toegether.

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9 small squares to the acre??? Was it worth it to even windrow it? sounds like a lot of chasing. Anyway, I sold some crp that i was taking  out ,too cheap, but made that deal back when it still knew how to rain, here. A deal is a deal. Another farmer told me that CRP hay was misnamed, should be CRAP hay.