We have very nearly finished the 2016- 2017 wheat straw baling campaign! We are just keeping our fingers crossed for a few days of sun so we can finish combing the wheat and then get it baled! Each year seems to become a little more trying with the harvest weather this year doing it's best to push our patience to the limit! We will be very relieved once we are finished.
As of today we have all our barley straw bales stacked in our barns for the 2016/2017 season. We are a little later than we would have hoped... this is partially due to the weather along with us baling more barley straw than ever before! Straw yields have been down considerably this year, a mainly wet first half of the year along with a lack of sunshine has been the main cause, but thankfully we increased our barley straw area last year to take into account possible low yields.
We have completed our hay baling for 2016 and 2017. We have been very very (very) lucky with the weather. Partly due to our skill... but mainly due to good luck! We have increased this years hay bale production and look forward to supplying customers old and new over the coming year!
We will be straight onto baling barley straw this week - fingers crossed the weather stays fine!
We have started baling hay for the 2016 season. Luckily we managed to get all the baling for round one done today just before the rain which is forecast tomorrow morning! Our strategy is to make hay in 3 or 4 sessions, allowing us to spread the baling work load. We put more land into grass last year than ever before so we should able to meet hay bale demand for the 2016/2017 season.
Fingers crossed for some more good weather over the coming weeks do we can commence round two!
At long last the ground has finally started to dry out! We have been busy rolling and harrowing our grassland in preparation for this years hay baling campaign. Ground temperatures have reached the magic 6 degree range and the grass is showing good signs of growth. Calendar wise growth is definitely behind but mother nature has a way of catching up in the end.
We have been rolling our wheat straw land to aid tillering in anticipation of this years straw baling campaign. Although there is a few months to go yet it is always surprising how fast the crops progress with longer daylight hours and increased temperature's. Our Barley straw crops have surged ahead this last week and we are delighted to have some very clean crops at the moment.
We are taking orders for this years hay and straw bales ex-field so if you want to be ahead of the crowd and stock up please get in touch.
The prolonged wet weather has resulted in many of you having to keep your horses and other livestock inside for the time being. As each year passes it seems that winter is dragging on and on as is the rain! Luckily during last harvest we increased bale numbers of wheat and barley as well as hay bales. Whilst many have gone onto large round bales and big square bales of hay and straw, we have also seen a resurgence in demand for our small conventional bales of hay and straw. Customer feedback tells us that this is due to the ease of handling small conventional bales, storage and minimal waste.
Now that the weather has turned cold and wet demand for our hay and straw bales is increasing. We have been busy delivering bales as people are bringing their horses and livestock inside to keep them warm and dry. We have also been supplying several house builders around Yorkshire with bales to act as a filtration medium. Environmental regulations require some form of filtration to reduce pollution from the runoff that has arisen due to the recent heavy rainfall we have experienced. Straw bales do this job very well!!
We have finally finished drilling our crops for this year although it is a few weeks later than in an average year due to unsettled weather during August when we were harvesting. Thankfully we have had much more settled weather during September and October which has allowed us to get our crops sown. Soil moisture levels have been ideal this year on the whole for sowing: dry enough for us to travel in the field but with ample moisture to aid seedbed creation.
Each year brings with it new ways of using our bales. As you may have seen from our hay and straw bale uses page, our bales have many alternative uses. For the first time our bales have now been supplied to create sound proofing barriers around several generators. The generators are running 24 hours a day on construction sites across Yorkshire for a major utilities provider and the sound proofing will ensure residents close to the sites get a good nights sleep! Whatever next!!!
At last we have finished baling our wheat straw for 2015. It has taken longer than usual due to the unsettled weather we have had in September, but we are relieved to have finally got there! We still have some bales to bring in from the field but hope to have them all stacked by tomorrow evening.
We have increased our bale numbers this year so we are in a good position to meet demand for our straw bales over the coming 2015/2016 season.
Machinery wise we have had a very successful baling campaign with only one of our balers deciding to knot continually one Sunday evening whilst baling barley straw. Diagnosis from the John Deere dealer the next day pointed to an issue with the knotter brake. We fitted new brake pads the next day and off we went again!
A big thank you must go out to all team who have worked tirelessly to get the straw baled, lead in from the field and then stacked, often under time pressure due to the weather.
SBS - News and updates of Hay and Straw crop progress