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Quality Haymaking Videos

“A Cut Above the Rest” Video Series

With over 65 years of experience Hesston by Massey Ferguson is known for its commitment to creating innovative products that produce one thing; High Quality Hay. We are proud to continue our partnership with the leading agricultural universities and extension agents and once again be the title sponsor of the 2018 SE Hay Contest. We created a video series to share some insight from industry experts that just might help you improve your haying operation.

Season 3

We are so excited that Season 3 of Massey Ferguson’s “A Cut Above the Rest” video series has started. In this teaser, we talk about the start of the 2019 production season and what you might expect from the contest this year.  Season 3 will continue to take a deeper look at forage production in the Southeast and provide lots of tips to help you make better forage.

Episode 3-1: Baleage Production 

Summer pop-up showers can make it difficult to make dry hay. Have you ever thought about making baleage? Learn best practices and the benefits of producing baleage from industry experts and see how it could help your operation.  You can watch the first episode of Season 3 here:

Episode 3-2: Baleage Tips 

Are you considering making baleage? What are some common challenges and equipment needs? Learn best practices and the benefits of producing baleage from industry experts and see how it could help your operation. You can watch the second episode of Season 3 here:

Episode 3-3: Wrapping, Storing, and Feeding Baleage

Why is the wrapping process important to ensure high quality forage? What are some common mistakes made when it comes to handling and storing wrapped bales? How can baleage be a cost effective supplement into your feeding rations? You can watch the third episode of Season 3 here:

Season 2

We are excited to bring you the second season of Massey Ferguson’s “A Cut Above the Rest” video series. Season Two will take a deeper look at forage production in the Southeast and provide agronomic insights to help you take your haymaking operation to the next level. You can see the trailer for the 2018 video series here:

Episode 2-1: High Moisture Forage

Mother Nature can present some challenges when it comes time to put up your hay. Have you ever thought about trying high moisture forage? Learn some of the best practices and benefits of producing silage from the industry experts and see if this could help your operation. You can see the first episode of Season 2 here:

Episode 2-2: Measuring Crop Health

We all want to get the most from our hay and forage but how do you know if your crop is healthy? Or if your is soil ready to produce high quality hay? What steps can you take to improve your yield and overall quality? Learn the answers to these common questions and more here:

Episode 2-3: Managing Crop Health

Have you ever considered implementing a soil and tissue testing strategy? How do you manage your soil fertility? Follow these guidelines and listen to what the soil and crop are telling you and take action.  Learn about how to implement these strategies and more from the industry experts in this video:

 

Season 1

You can see the trailer for the 2017 video series here:

Episode 1-1: Hay Cutting

In this first episode of the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series, we address several concepts relating to hay harvest and conditioning. We address the relationship between forage maturity and Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), determining the time to cut the forage, preparing and adjusting the cutting equipment for safe operation, optimal cutting heights, cutting speed, conditioner types, and tricks to maximizing drying speed. You can see the first episode here:

 

Episode 1-2: Raking and Tedding

The second episode of the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series presents greater detail about how the hay crop should be tedded and raked prior to baling. Using a tedder, especially in combination with a mower-conditioner, can greatly improve your dry down time and relative forage quality. How the tedder and rake are set up and operated can have a big impact on the bale one makes. Learn more about when to rake vs. ted, how fast to operate, and the optimum moisture to achieve before baling in this episode:

 

Episode 1-3: Baling

The third episode of the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series focuses on the final and most important step of the entire process: baling your hay and forage. Learn more about how to measure hay and forage moisture and how that impacts the overall RFQ. The video also discusses the different customer needs, what they are looking for in hay and forage packages, and their livestock requirements. Also, learn about hay baler settings for optimum field operations.

 

Episode 1-4: Fertility Insights & Crop Winterization

The fourth and final episode of the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series developed for the SE Hay Contest with our friends at Massey Ferguson has just been released. In this episode, we focus on agronomic insights and best practices needed to replenish the nutrients lost throughout the season. Also, you can learn about the importance of timing your last cutting to prepare for winterization and a healthy spring crop. It has been an honor to bring you this video series and we hope you have enjoyed them. Stay tuned for more from us in the coming weeks about next years SE Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson!