Loc: South of I-10
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Payne
I finished rejuvenating the fields week before last.
Great piece of equipment. We ran one on 1000 acres of improved pasture for a few of years in the Hill Country. Made a huge diffence in production of grazing and hay. First year it added 50% more to amount of bales per cutting on squares of coastal.
In regards to the original thread. I'm not sure a piece of equipment was the sole reason for a yield increase Stx.
It was when I had the previous two years of hay production on the same coastal fields to compare to.
So every other factor was the exact same?
No. It rained less the first year I used the aerator and also I used less fertilizer due to rising costs. The first two years of cutting square bales before the aerator I got around 30 bales the second year per acre on two cutting and the first year 36 bales per acre on three cuttings. The first year after running the aerator I got 3 cuttings and average 54 bales per acre. This in in the Hill Country and not the best soils. Very hardpan from years of running to many cattle on the place. Getting water in the ground instead running off into the creeks was the key on not very much flat ground.