When we move in the summer and approach our first haystack, I had a few questions about sharing hay in shares. The other concern is that most of these agreements are oral agreements without a written contract. In the absence of a written agreement, a commercial partnership could be entered into involuntarily between the landowner and the operator. If it takes six, seven or eight days of balls to complete your first cut, you can`t wait until the crop is at its perfect growth stage to cut it, or if you cut the last field, it will be well beyond the first. Every summer around the beginning of June, I have a series of discussions with farmers who, in May, are busy planting corn and soybeans that have not yet started hay production. There are other ways to divide hay without the common sharing agreement, which could also offer more protection. Renting through the fields, custom harvesting, market prices of numbers, etc., are all safer options. Whichever method you choose, make sure you have a written agreement. If the fields are not being exploited aggressively and the yield is less than 2 tonnes per hectare, I would think closer to a 50-50 division of the hay crop. A similar model can work for coiled balls or straw.
It is to have a market for hay, bale or straw before making a deal. It is not possible to balance it and stack it at the edge of the field to manage it later. When I look at the reports on the regional hay sale in Pennsylvania in mid-December 2013, I see the common prices of Timothy grass and hay between $150 and $200 a tonne with a maximum of $330. The sharing of hay into shares is an agreement between the person who owns the hayfield and the person who owns and operates the hay equipment to distribute the amount of hay produced as a means of payment. As you know, this is not a question that has only a correct answer. Some will use custom pricing as a guide for a price base, and others will share hay. There is no correct or false answer, but there are some things to consider. If the custom operator receives a share of the harvest, it is in his best interest to be able to make the hay on time.
Let`s take a yield of 2 tons of first dry timothy hay (five large square bales per hectare). The grasheu is always of good quality, but give it a few more weeks and it will look more like straw in a bale than hay. Instead of harvesting their first hay crop in July, they plan to bring someone in and put some of it in for them. One possibility is to work with another farmer who has a large square bale press or a round ball press to enter and squeeze it for you, while the hay still has good forage quality. In some cases, the other farmer`s cutting, teddding and calculating equipment is better sized so that he can do anything. The next question is how to fairly distribute the yield of a first grass crop between the hayfield farmer and another farmer with hay-making equipment and the hay market. Also consider the costs of creating this hayfield, which is at least $200 per hectare, including lime, fertilizers, seeds, soil preparation and planting.