Net wrap is a great way to increase the efficiency of hay baling. It also reduces harvest losses, improves storage efficiency, and limits oxygen in the hay bales. Today, net-wrapped bales are the norm. These uniform bales are faster and easier to move. They also preserve more nutrients and reduce spoilage. The net wrap makes bales more nutrient-rich.
Reduces harvest loss
Net wrap for hay baling is inexpensive to add a protective layer to your bales. Its use reduces harvest losses. It is also effective for baling high moisture forages. It helps reduce the amount of time a farmer spends on hay baling. It also prevents the loss of nutrients and helps speed up the process.
The net wrap also helps prevent loss of quality during storage. Compared to twine-wrapped bales, net-wrapped bales shed water better, reducing harvest losses. The resulting forage quality is also better. Of course, if you’re baling hay for livestock, you’ll also need to ensure your hay is stored in well-drained areas.
Using net wrap for baling will reduce harvest loss by about five percent. This wrap is effective for all moisture levels because it helps prevent hay from spoiling. A minimum of six mils of plastic wrap is recommended for baling hay. But if you’re using a thinner plastic wrap, the feed will be exposed to more oxygen, which can cause spoilage.
When using a net wrap for hay baling, choosing the right site to store the bales is essential. The soil should be well-drained to prevent moisture from “wicking” into the bales. Ideally, the bales should be elevated above the ground. However, this may not be feasible for most operations. If space is an issue, make sure your storage area is well-drained and does not have any shade to prevent air circulation.
Excessive harvest losses can result if the hay is too dry during the curing process. It can happen if the leaf moisture level rises to more than twenty percent. If hay is too dry at this point, it can be prone to bacterial and mould growth. It can affect livestock and profit. High moisture levels also make the bales more flammable.
Improves baling efficiency
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic is the primary raw material for netwrap. It is produced through a process known as polymerization, which involves combining small molecules into large ones. HDPE has high strength and excellent weight properties. As a result, it can be used to make dense round bales.
The net wrap AU layer should be placed only on the outer surface of the bale. The netwrap should not extend inside the bale, as this can cause the bale to burst open. It should also be removed from the baler as soon as the tailgate opens. This step is crucial to the safety of the bale, as the spinning rollers inside the baler chamber can damage the netwrap layer on the outer surface.
A net wrap can reduce the amount of dry matter lost while baling hay. This loss is partially due to microbial activity and partially weathering. When rainwater passes over the surface of the bale, it robs the hay of valuable nutrients. Net wrap sheds water better than twine, which means that the amount of dry matter loss is less. In addition, this makes it easier to store hay.
The net wrap also reduces the amount of moisture lost during baling. As a result, using net wrap helps maximize the density of bales and reduces losses by as much as 65%. As a result, it helps maximize feed efficiency, reduces storage loss, and improves the efficiency of hay baling.