Have you ever been driving down a country road and look over to see giant bales of hay being moved around? The process of baling hay can be hard work, with farmers of the past using a simple scythe to cut and bale it. However, modern farmers use a bale spear tractor supply machine. There are four main steps to baling hay: mowing, teddering, raking, and then baling.
Mowing is often the most time consuming part of the process, as it requires mowing the field strip by strip. The mowing machine cuts grass and then lays it down instead of acting like a normal lawn mower and mulching the grass.
Teddering is also known as scattering hay, which doesn’t take as long as mowing. This process makes it faster to dry may, with the natural elements eliminating moisture from inside the bale of hay that would mold if it were to remain. Mowing is done clockwise, so teddering is done counterclockwise to ensure hay is evenly scattered.
Raking is even faster than teddering, as it involves raking hay into a pile that will be picked up and rolled into a bale of hay. You don’t have to go in any specific direction you can rake from the end of the field or the middle of the field.
Baling hay is the final step and machines have made it easier than ever. A computer allows you to see exactly how much hay is in the baler so that you can stop and wrap it. With the flip of a switch, the roll is kicked onto the field and you can keep baling.
The process of baling hay is one that many never consider when looking at those hay bales on the side of the road. However, it is an interesting and essential process in the world.