[Market-farming] unrolling round bales

road's end farm organic101 at linkny.com
Wed Sep 7 17:44:18 EDT 2005

On Sep 7, 2005, at 4:21 PM, "" <herbthyme at simcon.net> wrote:

> have any of you tried unrolling bales for mulching between plastic 
> beds or
> elsewhere?
> Scott
> I don't know about you...but I can't unroll a bale of hay myself...and 
> my rows aren't that wide.  I should say that I have tried it...and it 
> was not pretty!  The bales that I get are just too wide to roll down 
> any of my rows...although I loved the idea when I once thought of it.  
> It would be nice to be able to do.  I think you could it with a big 
> long steel bar...I can't remember what it is called...but we use it to 
> adjust the belts on the tractor.  It is about 6 ft tall and takes all 
> I have to move it around!
> Courtney

I have seen it done, but it took several people.

I can't remember whether they were laying it down between existing rows 
or not, or if so what the spacing was. You could design your row 
spacing in advance for the width of available bales, though; if you've 
got the room.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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