Baling in Monsoon or Moderate Humidity Conditions

The Monsoon Season For many, the monsoon seasons have arrived, which makes it difficult to put up hay. Often, the hay is too wet during the night to bale, and too dry during the day. If you’re lucky, you might find a short window of time where the hay is just right. It’s challenging, but the steamer can make it …

Baling in High Humidity Conditions or with Stem Moisture

Steam is Still Effective in High Humidity Situations In our last blog post (click HERE to read) we talked about baling with steam in very dry conditions.  This blog covers how to effectively use steam in high humidity conditions where climatic or weather conditions do not allow the hay to become fully dry and cured. Steam is most effective at …

Monitoring Bale Moisture While Baling with the DewPoint Hay Steamer

Monitor Bale Moisture With the DewPoint hay steamer, it’s possible to make consistent bales across a wide variety of windrow and weather conditions.  In this video and blog, we will discuss how to monitor bale moisture during baling, and how to adjust steam rates to reach your optimal moisture level. The Gazeeka Moisture Sensor In the video you will notice …

Increase Baling Speed by Using Steam

Field Speed While Baling Hay With the DewPoint Hay Steamer There are many benefits that come from using steam during baling, but there’s one particular benefit that sometimes gets forgotten – the impact that steam has on your baling speed. Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to field speed and the DewPoint steamer. Using …

Adjusting Steam Valves When Baling Hay

Important Tips for Proper Steam Valve Adjustment in Various Conditions The DewPoint 6210 has four different steam valves that correspond to four different steam manifolds on the baler – 1 bottom front manifold, 1 bottom rear manifold, 1 top front manifold, and 1 top rear manifold.  See picture below.  The operator can control each of these steam manifolds individually for …

Making Quality Alfalfa Hay With Bracken Farms

The Bracken’s Tried Everything Before Howard Bracken and his son Kirby discovered the advantages of the DewPoint steamer, they tried everything to make quality hay.  Like many others in the Western U.S., they had struggled for decades to get good natural dew to bale hay. They started their operation with small-square balers where they would bale the hay before it …

Start Baling

First, Determine the Condition of the Windrow In the last blog post, we talked about what to do when you first arrive in the field to bale hay.  Before baling hay one should determine the condition of the windrow.  This means that farmers should make sure that their hay is fully cured, and determine if there is any moisture or dew …

When You Arrive at the Field

Check the Windrow Before Baling When you first arrive at the field to bale, you should understand the moisture characteristics of the windrow.  If your hay is fully cured and has some natural dew, be sure to understand where the dew in the windrow is, or if you are baling with stem moisture, make sure you understand that as well. …

Condition of Hay Before Baling Alfalfa Hay

Using Steam When Baling Hay Has a Number of Different Benefits For many years farmers relied on natural dew to bale high-quality alfalfa.  Now, farmers all across the world are using steam as their controlled moisture source to bale high-quality  alfalfa.  Using steam during the baling process has a number of different benefits. Using steam during baling reduces the amount …