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Forage harvesting -Alfalfa

Discussion in 'Agricultural Operations' started by colson04, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. colson04

    colson04 Well-Known Member

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    I just like to share pics. We're chopping alfalfa today, about 100 acres ready. We've got 400 acres of alfalfa and we will chop it 5 times during the growing season. First cutting was during the 3rd week of May, then every 28 days after that.


    Our mower: IMAG0531.jpg IMAG0530.jpg IMAG0532.jpg
     
  2. colson04

    colson04 Well-Known Member

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    Couple more from today IMAG0540.jpg IMAG0540.jpg IMAG0541.jpg
     
  3. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

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    Oooo Triple mower, fancy.
     
  4. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer Senior Member

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    What is the model number of the John Deere chopping the hay ? I have never seen one like it.
     
  5. Junkyard

    Junkyard Senior Member

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    I remember when the neighbor put up some silage that was a little green. Talk about stench! If the wind was out of the south I couldn't stand to be in my house!! We sure didn't have anything that nice!
     
  6. colson04

    colson04 Well-Known Member

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    The harvestor is a John Deere 7850.

    The triple mower rig takes a 30 ft swath, cuts , conditions and lays it out nearly full width to speed curing time. Typically, we can cut in the morning, and then merge and chop by mid to late day.

    We're heading out to finish this morning with the dew on it. That mower does such a good job that one parcel dried too much.
     
  7. colson04

    colson04 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, thanks for the pics!