PRECISION AG IN HAY PRODUCTION By: Jared Yost History Hay production started in the early 1800’s They cut hay by hand using sickles Not until the 1860’s, reapers and binders where being developed Stationary balers came out to farmers in the early 1870’s In the 1936 the automatic round baler was invented Both square baler and round baler were used in most areas by the 1940’s Objectives in Hay Production Increase productivity Reduce fuel cost Reduce labor cost Software Equipment Hardware Equipment RFID Radio Frequency Identification Device Date Time Moisture content Weight Producer uses hand-held scanners to to read tags that are attached the bale Trimble started in 2010 with ThingMagic Suppliers AGCO New Holland Case IH Small Square Balers Bale Baron Bale Bandit http://youtu.be/RSR8iHr r3TU http://youtu.be/A7zl5Y_ f2oM Bale Bandit Metal Bands cost $1.26 per bundle of 21 bales Can handle 21 to 18 bale bundles, with length being from 37” to 42’’ Small bales bring a higher price per ton than the big squares or round bales Bale Baron Plastic Twine 25.00 for a 9000 ft roll = .016 per bundle Also weaker than metal bands Smart Solve - Computer Control System The Smart/Solve system runs using a PLC that constantly monitors and warns the operator when needed. W. R. Long Grapalator Handles from 1 to 10 bales. Will work with bales from 34" to 42" long. The Grapalator weight is 780 lbs. Rails can be removed and be stored on unit. http://youtu.be/elYZsOfoH4 Problems Metal bands can break if the ground isn’t smooth with the Bale Bandit Sometimes wont keep the bundle tight Cost more for short term use Have to bale many acres to pay off Have to have a skid steer for the Grapalator Cost Hire out .85 cents/bale using a Hay Wagon Cost: 5000 bale x .85/ bale = $4250 Revenue: $8/bale x 5000 bale = $40,000 Profit: Immediately Takes more time Need workers Small Square Bundles (7x3) Cost: Bale Bandit = $50,000 New Bale Baron = $53,000 New Grappler = $5,500 New Skidsteer = $15,000 to $45,000 Revenue: $120/bundle x 238 bundles = $40,000 Note: $300 for metal banding Profit: 1 or 2 years, but save time and requires no help Questions?