Hay makers are hoping for one more solid downpour in the coming days to help finish off their crop, according to AW Ag Contracting owner Adam Whipp.
Mr Whipp, from Nanneella, who contracts out 40000 square and round hay bales a year in addition to selling hay, said this season was looking promising.
‘‘It’s looking real good. We need one more rain in the next 10 days as it’s drying out this week.
‘‘We don’t want a hot finish as it will finish too quick and not finish off,’’ he said.
Compared to last year, when large yields and poor quality hay greeted growers, Mr Whipp said this season was a polar opposite.
‘‘We’re looking at good quality hopefully and average yields.
‘‘It won’t be above average but if it’s too hot it might be below average (yields),’’ he said.
Mr Whipp, who has been contracting for 15 years, uses John Deere and Massey Ferguson hay machinery, with his tractors averaging 1500 hours a year.
‘‘John Deere make good quality machines that have good resale value,’’ he said.
‘‘Massey Ferguson make good balers and John Deere’s round baler also has a good feeding system.’’
When it comes to tips for growing quality hay, Mr Whipp said timing, especially when cutting, was crucial.
‘‘Sow it early so you don’t run out of moisture in the spring, and cutting at the right time is crucial.
‘‘Poorer grounds or later crops are struggling,’’ he said.
‘‘Go for quality, not quantity.’’