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June 15/ 1950 L%i[ftaß '- a 'I wÊmm ' GO 1 , v 1 vv —Photo by Si man son A Phillips county operator finds that he can com* bine some of the advantages of "silo cure" with the speed of field stacking by using a tractor-mounted stacker to build shocks. The hay "sweat cures" in the shocks, which are later stacked. v ,.X : ~*>î ' * * ; ■ ; v . •; l é ■■■' fe s X ; !; B fi vn ' ; v m PA "> .< ■m. I ;1 f 'v--i ■v v\ Wgy ■ A ■ -.v.; KMi „ j #4 ■w v es, «» * ï\P% mm r W\ S.;' 1 ■ ■ > v - si» « ; : -■ i:. 1-3 a' '' " .m ' ' * BSSr-^ ■ - —Montana Farmer-Stockman Photo Ralph Thomas, Johnson county, Wyoming, "rolls his own," , . . hay that is with a one-man roller baler. Thomas has used the baler for three years of haying operations. He says it stacks well, sheds the rain and unrolls easily for winter feeding when strings are cut. —Photo by Osborne A Gallatin county operator field chops his hay and stores it in this steel silo. Self-unloading wagons But the Big Idea Is to \Xv With Most Feed Value , Least Labor Come haying time the problem is to get that alfalfa off the field at the right time in the easiest and fastest way possible and store it in a form that will assure the maxi mum value in the feed rack. Reported here in pictures and stories are effective meth ods Montana and Wyoming operators have worked out. One grower tells how he ex perimented with a variety of procedures and came to ensiling as the best for him. Another report on an efficient stacker-shock method. Silage Provides Weather, Quality Insurance By JAMES A. OSBORNE Gallatin County IN MY MIND, efficiency in harvesting hay has lagged behind that of all other farming operations in Montana. My first attempt at solving this problem was the chopping of hay out of the stack ■WH m NORTHERN WYOMING 1» f 4 with a stationary chopper and hauling and stacking near the barn. After handling hay in this manner for a couple of years, I became dissatisfied and decided to elimi nate the stacking loose hay, then opening the stacks in the winter to chop. The open stacks would be snowed on and some of the snow would sift down into hay to be chopped, resulting in increased moisture followed by heating and mould. Field Chopping I traded the stationary chopper in on a new windrow pickup chopper. This was quite a change in haying methods for our area and required a complete change in machinery. I fixed up temporary boxed wagons to haul the chopped hay with a door in the center of one side so we would have to shovel hay only from each end to the center. We also remodeled an old barn for storage and feeding, putting in concrete floors on each side with feed bunks and (Please Turn to Page 12) are used to haul the hay from the field to the silo filler seen at lower right. s < - m J.« ■f *i v — Montan» Farmer-Stockman Photo Robert and Thomas Feenan, Flathead county, put up their hay with this field chopper. It is put into the barn or open sheds for future cattle feeding. Economy in putting up the hay crop and less waste in actual feeding are factors that sold them on thla method.