According to Oregon State University Extension Service, an acre may yield between 65 to 165 small bales of hay per cutting, with up to three cuttings per year. The yield depends on location, fertilization, plant species, plant age, moisture content and how tightly the bales are packed.
I have a 100 acre hay farm in lower michigan close to the Indiana state line. My hay is mostly alfalfa with a small amount of grass. This year I averaged 90 bales @ 60 lbs each (per acre) for 1st cutting, 86 bales @ 62 lbs each (per acre) for 2nd cutting.
The total number of bales of hay that can be harvested per acre varies from place to place, although a typical hay farm in western Oregon may produce between 62 and 165 bales per acre. In Florida, the average yield for each cutting ranges from 60 to 80 bales per acre.
Calculating Hay Yields . Danny Greene, Stephen Hawkins, and Keith Johnson Department of Agronomy ... How to Calculate Hay Yields. Hay yields in dry tons per acre can be calculated for a given field if you know: 1) Acreage of the field 2) Number of bales per harvest 3) Average weight of the bales in each harvest.
He may be in an area of nice rain. Typically that field would yield only 150 bales per acre. All of Indiana had a great hay crop last year due to a really wet spring, then it got really hot. Perfect for the first cut which we did in the last week of June. Field temp was 100 plus in the sun. Ol Red didn't like that at all.
So, it can range from 20 square bales (or less) per acre in a bad year in dry country, to 500+ bales in heavy alfalfa in good weather with 4-5 cuttings a year. Your question is as meaningless as my answer. It will depend on your climate, type of hay, rainfall, soil fertility, and how far north or south you are.
Looking at enough hay continue feeding my cows for another several months is priceless. Hayfields here run anywhere from free - if they like you and the way you maintain it - to $45/acre. The best deal is to bale on halves. They pick up fertilizer cost and you bale it and you split the hay down the middle.
That hay is then used to feed Christopher’s beef herd. Each small square bale is made with 14 strokes of the plunger. The grass bales weigh 60 pounds while the alfalfa bales scale 70 pounds. Bales have to be 35 inches long with a tolerance of plus or minus 1 inch. Uniform bale size is needed to ensure tight stacks and for shipping.
First let’s determine what the harvested hay crop may be worth. If from historical yield records and/or experience it is determined that the field could yield 5 ton/acre of 16% moisture hay for all four cuttings then the value of alfalfa hay harvested may be around $800/acre (5 ton X $160 per ton).
3- 5 per acre per year. Average production of hay is 2- 3 tons per growing season in the U.S. midwest. Average weight of a round bale is 1200 pounds or 0.6 tons.