Does anyone know why this is done?
adding clay to the straw?
I am guessing that it has to do with making it more structurally solid, or protecting the straw.
If it is useful, would it be possible to saturate the full bails in this clay-water mixture and let them dry for a day or two?
The way it is done in this video is labor intensive - to make the clay water takes 3 steps, then ripping apart the hay bails, mixing the two, setting up the forms, then foot stomping the coated hay into the forms.
If it could be done with full bails, then give the bails a few days (1 to 2 weeks?) to dry...perhaps turn them over and do it again...
I am guessing the bail would be quite solid and less likely to settle once it has been placed.
Tom Connolly wrote:...to let them dry out. The first structure that I will put up is a greenhouse, a perfect place for drying things...
Andrew Parker wrote:One thing to consider is the scarcity of small bales. Most farmers now use balers that make large compacted bales. If they keep a small baler, it is to meet market demand and they will charge a premium price for those bales. If you are going to unpack the straw for processing, you can buy the larger bales, hopefully for a significantly lower price per ton.