Hay & Forage
“We’re trying to see how simple life can be,” remarks farmer Reg Sonntag, one of three Saskatchewan brothers who reduced their cow-calf herd to shape an easier operation. Together, the brothers turned a small operation into 800 acres of grain crops and hay — now they’re planning to downsize as they look to the future.
No two fields are the same. That’s why Case IH is introducing enhancements to new 9- and 10-foot side-pull disc mower conditioners — because every field deserves a customized approach that maximizes haying windows.
Too wet, too dry; rarely just right. Putting up high-quality hay is a balancing act that requires good timing, reliable equipment and a little bit of luck. Monitoring moisture levels in your hay crop throughout the production process can help harvest better, more consistent high-quality hay.
If stored properly, your hay can be kept for long periods of time without nutrient loss. Whether round or square, large or small bales, using the best twine or wrap is important to preserve hay quality and bale integrity.
With your know-how, the right equipment, the latest technology and a little bit of weather luck, high-quality hay is a beautiful — not to mention, valuable — thing. We call it high-efficiency hay.
As you wait for your fields to dry (or thaw) and prepare to hit the ground running, don’t forget to take a walk — across your hayfields. Spring is the best time to evaluate alfalfa stands, consider fertility and pest control, and prepare for a timely harvest.
Late-season haying can be especially challenging. Fewer hours of daylight, heavy nighttime dew and an increasing likelihood of precipitation often tighten the window for high-quality forage production. Case IH ThirtyPlus™ hay preservative can help you be more efficient in your haying and hit optimal timing.
Whether you’re eyeing the end of your haying season with one last cutting of high-quality alfalfa or perhaps considering leaving a few acres of grass hay as insurance against a tough winter, Case IH can help you slice through the toughest conditions and finish the season strong.
Whether you store your hay, feed it to livestock or sell it, you need the right tools to harvest at peak nutrition. DJ Wassenaar, owner of County Line Custom Farming in Jarvis, Ontario, uses Case IH equipment to improve alfalfa quality for his 150+ customers and reap the benefits of high-efficiency hay.
If you know dairy, you know a cow has four stomachs and 32 teeth, weighs around 1,400 pounds and requires about 30 to 50 gallons of water and 50 pounds of dry matter each day to produce 55 pounds of milk.1 If you know dairy, you also know June is National Dairy Month.