1100 acres on the ground for first cutting ain't so bad.... no need to screw around with the first cutting, all that does is cost you the fifth !!!
Just keep the swather running and the baler will keep up. It's the getting it home and under a roof that is hard.
Just got the new rig at noon yesterday.......ssssssssssssssssswweeeeeet !
it sure is a hay eater! it is a New Holland 365, 230 horse ,18 ft rotary head. was dropping alfalfa at 11.5 mph and it cut off real nice, except where the frost hurt the hay, it did not want to pick up very well there. has a little computer in it to figure acres/hr I averaged 19.6 for the afternoon, and while running it spiked up to 24.3 !! that is a lot of hay!
the ride is really improved too. air seat, the cab is air ride, and the rear axles are on an air bag system. Pivot tracks still bang pretty hard though, but it sure smoothed it out.
if you have the need, or the means, I really recommend one.
Or better yet, you all sell your hay equip. and buy hay from me!!!