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Making Silage & Stretch Wrapping Wet or Dry Round Bales

Making Silage:

 

Rain

 or

 

Shine

There are several methods used for making Silage:

 General Information for

Bale Bags and Bale Tubes:

Bale Bags and Bale Tubes must be tied as tight as you possibly can without doing damage to the film. Most farmers use plastic of nylon twine to tie with.

You must have a good seal throughout out the storage period. Check the bales or tubes regularly as any air allowed to enter will result in spoiled feed to possibly total loss.

When making wet bales it is recommended to use plastic or nylon twine to tie the bale with. They must be bagged or tubed soon after they are baled, as they will heat up, causing damage to the quality. Whether using Bale Bags or Bale Tubes, the fermentation time is 28 days from the time the bale is bagged or tubed. After 28 days, they can be used.

The maturity stage of the stand will influence the ensiling process and the feed value of the bale. Most all types of small grain crops can be used for balage, at the correct maturity: Alfalfa, Clover, Timothy, Sorghum, Orchard Grass, and Peanut forages have been bagged and tubed.

The diagram below shows you how to properly tie your Bale Bags or Bale Tubes.

 General Information on

Stretch Wrapping Wet or Dry Round Bales

Stretch Wrapping Wet Bales:

Stretch wrapping wet bales reduces dependence on favorable weather conditions for making quality in quantity, plus the convenience of outdoor round bale storage.

Quality stretch wrap protects the hay from exposure to the weather elements which rob the hay of nutrients. Stretch wrapping is assurance of quality, safe, and economical storage.

Farm Bag Film Division, LLC promotes and utilizes only stretch wrap film, especially formulated to resist breakdown from exposure of Ultra-Violet radiation for up to one year, when properly applied. Stretch film without this formulation quickly breaks down then making it unsuitable for this innovative application.

Over the years we have understood the fermentation process must take place in an air tight environment. Quality stretch wrap adheres to itself as it is applied, thus making a totally air tight seal for the fermentation process to start, which takes 28 days to complete. After 28 days the bales can be utilized as feed.

The general moisture range is 40% to 60% for wet balage. Mow and wilt, then bale. Wrap within 2 to 4 hours, if bales are not good tight bales, they may have to be wrapped immediately after baling. The 4' x 4' bale size is the most desirable size, due to the weight of wet bales.

The application should be of quality one mil film with a pre stretch of 55%, 50% overlap and wrapped two to three times around for four to six layers of film. This is the proper, most feasible and least vulnerable way of wrapping big round wet bales of balage. The success to stretch wrapping wet bales is the quality of the stretch wrap and proper application. Always use untreated twine when utilizing stretch wrap film. White film is recommended for wet bales in regions with extensive sunlight. Black can be used in the late fall. Use agricultural film repair tape for accidental tears that may occur.

To summarize, the following list of Do's & Don'ts maybe useful when doing Wet Bales

1. Always use Farm Bag Film Division, LLC quality film to insure a totally hermetic seal.

2. Utilize a precision pretensioner (55-59% stretch)

3. Use untreated plastic, nylon twine or net wrap when utilizing polyethylene stretch wrap.

4. Cut forage at correct maturity.

5. Bale at correct moisture. (40-60% range)

6. Be sure to use a baler that will make a tight dense bale.

7. There should never be foreign matter picked up in the bale, such as dirt or manure, when the fields have had manure spread on them.

8. Remember drought stricken or very wet conditions can make less than quality balage due to variation in sugar content.

9. Proper wrapping, never over or under stretch film or skimp with not enough layers (proper is 55-59% stretch with 4-6 layers)

10. Be sure to follow wrapping machine manufactures guidelines on the pretensioner, also clean the pretensioner regularly.

11. Bales must be wrapped soon after baling to insure quality. (Preferably within 4 hours after baling) Never let bales sit, they will heat up damaging the quality.

12. Move bales to storage area prior to wrapping, when feasibly possible.

13. Bales should not be speared after wrapping, a Silagrip is recommended.

14. Avoid any type of damage to wrapped bales the entire length of storage.

15. Check wrapped bales periodically, patch any holes with our agricultural repair tape

16. Most desirable bale size is a 4' x 4'

17. Don't stack bales, it causes to much pressure on bottom bales and could cause seal on bottom bales to come open.

18. Always allow 28 days for the fermentation process to be completed.

 

Stretch Wrapping Dry Bales:

Black stretch wrap is recommended for outer perimeter wrapping of big round bales whether it is done with a dry bale wrapper or used in the balers that apply stretch wrap film. You're the expert on whether Black or White works the best in your region. The application will vary, depending on the width size of the dry wrapper or baler used and if our 90 gauge, 1 mil or 2 mil film is utilized.

Just call 1-800-FARM-BAG for the quality in the size and mil of your choice.

Our information comes from personal experience, trial and error and experience of other ranchers & farmers throughout the USA, and is as always free of charge. If you have any other questions that the above information does not clarify, please do not hesitate to call 1-800-FARM-BAG (1-800-327-6224)

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 Silage Bags

 Grain Bags

  Bale Bags

 Bale Tubes

 Bale Overslips

 Bale Caps

  Bale Top Covers

 Hay Wraps

  Net Wrap

 Sunfilm Stretch Wrap

 Farm Bale Seal Stretch Wrap 

   Flat Sheeting

   Contractor Flat Sheeting

 Poly Twine

  Sisal Twine

  Grif Clips

 Agricultural Repair Tape 

 Specials & New Products

  Making Silage

 Stretch Wrapping Wet or Dry Bales

  Premium Hay Tarps

 Ohio Sales Tax Exemption Form 

   Links 

 e-commerce store

   Winmore

  Preminum Hay Tarps 

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