How many small bales per acre?

Asked March 18, 2019, 11:42 AM EDT

I have 60 acres of flood irrigated land in Grants Pass Oregon. The soils are USDA type 1. About how many bales per acre could I expect?

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3 Responses

Hi,
Please email me your physical address and then based on the location of your field I can give you an estimate of expected hay yield.

gordon.jones@oregonstate.edu

Thanks,
Gordon

2503, 2305 Upper River Rd
2540, 2548 Lower River Rd
Grants Pass

Thanks for sending the field location.

If there is a good population of hay grasses (probably orchardgrass and/or tall fescue) and the field is fertilized and carefully irrigated, I'd expect 2 - 4 tons per acre of hay yield. The weight of small bales varies, but a guess would be 50 lbs each. So you might make 80 - 160 bales per acre from that field.

Note that the soils vary across the field and are fairly sandy and low in water-holding capacity. It might be difficult to flood the field often enough during the summer to keep the grass growing vigorously.

Please let me know if you have questions on this or otherwise.

Thanks,
Gordon