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.
Re: round bales per acre? in reply to Tom from Ontario, 03-16-2010 12:12:10 Dave, If the lot is truly a one acre lot and surround by woods, count on about 1900-2200kgs without any fert, if the soil is good, horse manure, no sheep that gaze it in spring and no Urea.
Re: Round bales per acre ??? Post by bigbull338 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:16 pm no if everything is right you should get 3 big 1500lbs or a tad more.even at that your looking at $60 a bale including baling fertalizer cost of hay an hauling to the farm.
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. Each component of the equation can be determined for each harvest or cutting.
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.
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 weight of a large round bale can range from about 500-3000 pounds depending on the make and model of the baler, as well as the type and quality of hay. Hay yield will also vary based on the type of hay and the growing conditions.
Alfalfa gross per acre in previous years. = $1050. Alfalfa gross per acre this year= $1250. Grass hay gross per acre in previous years = $1050. Grass hay gross per acre this year= $1500. That's with 3 cuttings of the grass hay and 4 cuttings of the alfalfa. And one of those cuttings of grass was pretty crappy due to lack of irrigation water.
To cut rake bale and haul bales off field just under a mile was an average of 4 bales per hour in the stack. If it was a wet year instead of a drough it could have been 6-7 bales an hour. But I can only travel so fast over the rough filed cutting and raking weather Iam get 3 bales per acre or 6 bales per acre.
If the buyer makes a round bale weighing 900 pounds and the two parties agree to price all hay at $200 per ton, then each bale should be worth $90 per bale (900/2000=0.45; then 0.45 X $200=$90) and the 53/47 split would then pay the landowner $48 for each bale produced ($90 X 0.53=$48).