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A Better Way to Farm Podcast

Aug 11, 2021

We are pumped to share with you a bonus episode on productivity tips to all our loyal listeners out there. The A Better Way to Farm family is always on the lookout for all the better ways we can support our farm productions throughout the year.


So today, be ready to listen and learn once more! Let’s go right in and gain real and better ways indeed to make our farm yields A-okay all year round… 😉 😉 😉



Episode 60 Transcripts


Rod: [00:00:15] Hey guys, Rod here in A Better Way to Farm. Excited to get to come and share with you. I was inside, uh, for those of you who have been following in. Karen got home Tuesday. As you guys know, we left here about the 16th or something like that. Karen got to reroute to Rochester, Minnesota on the 18th, I think is the day. Anyway, we got home on Tuesday, August the fourth. So it was kind of a, a lengthy, uh, uh, stay up there about 44 days or whatever we weren't planning on. But we're inside talking and sis wanted me to come on here and talk to you guys and say, hey, what are we going to do as we're headed into fall.


[00:00:52] You know what? Yes, it's August the seventh, I believe today, but you know, the bottom line is this, where we're out here in Southern Iowa today. It's, as you can see, it's very overcast. Yes, we're getting lots of smoke from the fires, but it's overcast, it's humid and it's not getting that warm. And a lot of us are just getting ready to start doing that second cutting on grass hair.


[00:01:13] We will be doing that here in the next two to three weeks. We're going to be trying to get that last cutting of alfalfa done. And we run into that age old problem. How do we successfully do this? Get it dry enough and get it to keep. Well, the fact of the matter is, there are some things that we can do that will help us out with that.


[00:01:31] We've talked a little bit about some of these in the past, and you can revisit those old videos. There's a couple of picture. You'll go back. You can find a video with me, uh, in front of our MoCo talking about how to set it up. And some of those things, if you're interested. I've had several different guys this year who have joined the team working to get better hay quality.


[00:01:51] And right now, the guys that we're talking to are interested in how we're going to get it dry enough to bale it. You know we mow it, we mow it right. It doesn't rain. It actually stays pretty decent from that standpoint, but the humidity stays way high and the temperature doesn't get high enough to do what we need it to do when the days are starting to get shorter and right now we're having a hard time even getting enough sunlight. That's one of our concerns. So what are we going to do? Well, the first thing we would recommend is that we would come on and we would say, look, let's set up that mower, whether it's a MoCo, whether it's a disc mower, whatever it is that you're mowing with, let's put an applicator on there. And that applicator is going to apply a product that we have called WEX, and it's going to apply a product we have called Pro-serve. And what we're going to do with those is the WEX acts as a drying agent, it helps to remove the wax from the stem. And when we reduce that wax on the stem, we'll let moisture out easier. We'll let moisture get out quicker and it will let that hay dry down better. And then the other side of that is we put on non-anaerobic inoculant, if you will, a preservative. And when you take that Pro-serve product and you apply it on there, then all of a sudden, now you can bale that at higher moisture.


[00:03:12] I believe the label on Pro-serve on big rounds is 18 to 22%. This time of year, based with the weather that we have at our own farm. We might even push that just a little bit and then an attempt to make sure we get everything done we need to get done. So, it's not hard to do. It's relatively simple to set up.


[00:03:31] If you're curious about the price it's going to be. If you buy a kit, I have a gentleman who will send you a kit. He's going to probably get somewhere between a thousand and $1,300 for that kit to apply. And it's all inclusive. I don't care if you go to town and buy a 25 gallon, four wheeler sprayer tank, and three or four tips and a controller for your cab and, and go that way, uh, that's, either way is fine with us. We're very happy to, to assist you with that, any way that we can, but mostly what we're after is saying. Here's how, you can go out and mow hay tomorrow or Monday, and you can go out, mow hay on Monday and know that it's going to dry down one to two days faster than anybody else. And we know that we're going to dry it down, cause we're only aiming to get down to 18. That's number one. That takes a day off. Typically, getting to 18 is very different than getting to 12. That in and of itself is a good deal because when we can bale at 18%, instead of 12%, we retain a lot of leaves. We retain a lot of feed value, retain a lot of weight. We get a heavier bale and we get more feed value for our animals.


[00:04:37] And then the second thing is, because we're bailing an 18 or to 22%, those things all happen. Then we also end up with a higher quality forage because in the event that we do get a small shower or something along those lines, you're going to see your hay stay greener. Somehow the Pro-serve product helps to preserve colour and preserve freshness. And so that would be another advantage of using this.


[00:05:02] So what are we going to do? We're going to use the Pro-serve. We're going to use the WEX. We're going to apply it when we cut, because that speeds up the drying process. We have our Baylor set up for another application because if we're wanting to push the envelope and mail a little bit wetter, and oftentimes as we get into September, we don't have any choice because you had just can't get it to dry, clear down. Then we will applicate a second time. Total cost for the product per one application is less than two bucks at a time. If you go into the second time, it's going to be about a buck 60 per ton. Those are factory direct prices, and we'll be happy to talk to you about how to do that. Retail would be about 2x on that.


[00:05:41] So if you'd like to be able to treat your hay for somewhere less than $2 a ton, and you'd like to be able to bale it at 18 to 22%, you'd like to be able to bale it at one to two days quicker than everybody else to beat the weather. Then why don't you give us a call right here? Feel free to hit us up with a phone call at 6 4 1 9 1 9 1 2 0 6. You can send us a text, that same number, feel free to put a message right here on the Facebook page. We would love to talk to you.


[00:06:08] I hope that you guys are enjoying the summer. Guys, we appreciate you tuning in, and if you find value in what we do, I would ask you to go ahead and please share this with a friend, with a neighbour, with someone else. And we would take that as a big personal favour. Hope you guys are really having a better day.




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