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LEARN HOW TO STOP THE INVASIVE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY
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Updated: May 10, 2017
While some first cutting has taken place in the southern areas of Pennsylvania, there still remains a large amount of forage that has yet to be cut. With first cutting, we try to encourage timely harvest so producers can maximize forage quality, while setting up a good schedule for future cuttings. The problem is that often times, our weather patterns don't cooperate and we don't get those sunny, hot days that dry hay well.
To ensure that you're getting every advantage you can to bale your crop as quickly as possible, there are several items you should take into consideration. One of the best things you can do is check the clearance in your conditioning rolls. Roll clearance is the space between the rolls. If you have too large of a gap between the rolls, you will have under-conditioning. If the rolls are too close together and touch, conditioning rolls could wear out quickly, and also cause leaf loss.
Here are the steps to determine your roll clearance:
For more tips on drying down forages, check out 'Best Practices to Hasten Field Drying of Grasses and Alfalfa' factsheet from the University of Wisconsin.
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