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A simpler way to use round bales

publication date: Apr 1, 2013
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hay unrollwerWe like mulching the aisles between rows of plastic on our 8 acres of vegetables, and after trying different methods we’ve settled on rolling the smaller 4’ x 5’ round bales down the aisles by hand. Compared to square bales they cost half as much per pound of hay, which is nice. More importantly, though, round bales are much easier and faster to move around and distribute.  One person with a tractor and wagon can bring and distribute all the round bales for one of our 1/5-acre blocks in 15 minutes, without actually touching any hay or sweating, and if a bale’s in the wrong place it’s easy to move.  Distributing the same amount of square bales takes three people 20 minutes of dirty work, for four times as many people-minutes, and if you get the distribution off you have to move a lot of bales twice.

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