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.
Over the past two weeks we have commenced the wheat harvest.... but we have not been able to complete as yet due to unsettled weather. By this date most years we would have completed our hay, barley straw and wheat straw harvests and have the bales safely under cover in the barn, however, no such luck this year!
We have been harvesting our wheat straw at full speed at all hours while we have had sunshine and good conditions. When we have wet spells, we are busy in the workshop taking the opportunity to maintain machinery although we would rather be out getting the wheat harvested and baling the wheat straw into small conventional, large round and big square bales.
We have crossed our fingers and toes in the hope that the weather will soon settle and we will have a lovely Indian Summer! That will allow us to complete the wheat harvest and get all the wheat straw bales stacked neatly in the barns.
Over the last two weeks we have been busy bringing in the barley harvest. Thanks to mother nature we have been blessed with some very bright sunny days and nights without dew so we have been able to carry on baling right into the night.
Our barley straw yields have been exceptionally high this year so we are confident to have high stocks of small conventional, large round and big square bales to meet customer demand. The straw is exceptionally clean and has been baled in perfect conditions. We are relieved to have it all safely stored in weatherproof barns, ready for you when you need it.
We have been blessed with good yield and good weather for the barley harvest, we hope that mother nature or good luck is on our side for the wheat harvest in the coming weeks.
We saw a few good days of hay making to be had last Wednesday until Sunday so decided to start round two of our hay bale production. We mowed on Wednesday 8 July and Thursday 9 July, spent the next few days tedding the hay and began baling Saturday afternoon until the dew came in on Saturday night. We got some good sun midday onwards on Sunday. With rain forecast by 6am Monday morning we decided to forge ahead and brought the last load into to shed on Monday morning at 615am having gone through the night although the rain didn't arrive until 1030am on Monday!
We have completed our first round of hay making and got all the bales under cover before the thunder storms! just! It was a late night/early morning team effort we got the last trailer load under cover just before 3am as the lightening started!
We started mowing last Sunday and all grass was on the ground by Tuesday afternoon. Tedding several times before starting to bale on Thursday and a strong effort was shown by all as all four conventional balers and two round balers worked flat out on Friday as the forecast was for thunder storms early Saturday morning! Thankfully we managed to beat the weather... just!
Whilst we only have the opportunity to make our hay, wheat and barley straw bales once per year, it's always surprising how quickly it approaches each year. The longer daylight hours over the past month along with some very overdue warm sunny days have really brought crops on a lot.
We usually aim to start cutting our hay by the end of June into early July so we only have a few weeks to go! We are currently going through all balers, replacing worn parts and making adjustments where necessary before machine testing. It is essential our balers are maintained regardless of cost as breakdowns when we are in the middle of hay making season can mean we don't get a hay crop at all if the weather turns on us!
We have added another baler this year as year on year we are increasing the amount of bales we produce, in order to ensure we can supply all year round. Now all we need is for mother nature to be on our side and provide us lots of sun so we can make hay while the sun shines!
It seems demand for our hay and straw bales to be used as seating for weddings, private parties and corporate events is increasing year on year to levels we never thought possible. Starting out what we thought would be a very small niche market, is now becoming a significant part of our business. The rustic charm and novelty of hay and straw bale seating, along with their flexibility and creativity means our customers are using them to enhance corporate theme's, and build promotional structures creating unique events and promotional material.
we have a busy few months ahead delivering hay and straw bale seating right through until autumn, traditionally the time when sales of hay and straw bales increase when farm livestock and horses and housed over the wet and cold winter months.
The warmer weather over the past few weeks has enabled rapid crop growth. The oilseed rape crops are in full flower and the barley crops are shooting up. Winter wheat's are growing well and the grass is looking much more healthy with fresh growth, all livestock housed over the winter have now been put out to grass.
We have finished chain harrowing and rolling all the grassland and have completed selective rolling of wheat crops on heavier land. We are over half way through applying nutrients to both cereal and grass crops in order to ensure we have healthy vigorous plants
Over the past week, ground conditions have improved enough to allow us to carry out some field operations. We have rolled some of the barley land and plan to continue onto hay making ground over the coming weeks. Weather permitting we hope to chain harrow, roll and where needed carry out any necessary re-seeding and grass slitting.
Crops are starting to green up and slowly bit surely new growth will appear due to the increase in soil temperatures.
SBS - News and updates of Hay and Straw crop progress