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What is the best way to deal with combined oats swaths?

Dropped oats straw last fall for a cattle farmer to bale! It never dried enuf to bale last fall so it laid out all winter & now I’m trying to decide the best & fastest way to deal with it so I can seed the land! Can’t burn it cuz of fire ***! What is your ideas!

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Have used a brush cutter behind tractor to blow it back out. I wonder if a stalk chopper would work?

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Can you run a forage head on a chopper and get it loaded and off the field? Seems like a stalk chopper would cut it up but still leave it pr...

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Verified FBN Member (SK, CAN)

The cattle farmer would like to bale it but he will not take it wet & I would like to seed it within 2 weeks! Was gonna try spreading it wit...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Can you use a rake to tip it over to dry out the underside like has to be done to dry hay out after it gets rained on? Figured the baler wou...

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Verified FBN Member (SK, CAN)

We have done this before in same situation. With heavy harrow, adjust your height so that the tines are dangling all the time but low enoug...

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Thanx for the tip! Ya I’m getting abit frustrated with these cattle farmers! !

Verified FBN Member (IA)

I was thinking along the same lines with the combine idea, just wasn't sure anyone would want to put that kind if wear and tear on their mac...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

Have the cattle farmer flip it with a rake. With the 20 mph south winds the last 2 days it’ll be dry enough to bale before the weekend.

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Verified FBN Member (SK, CAN)

Ya I wish he was willing for that but doesn’t wanna spend the money to flip it! So thinking he won’t be buying straw from me again!

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Cattle farmer doesn't own a rake, or won't spring for the fuel and labor to run a rake for a few hours. If it's the latter I wouldn't be doi...

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

Have seen guy's around here using a forage chopper. Just point the spout at the sky and let it scatter. Or V rake and bale, unfortunately n...

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We heavy harrow, at a high speed in dry conditions, which really busted up the straw (had heavy wheat and barley straw). Or high-speed dis...

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