One of the most important factors in the cutting and harvesting of forages is minimizing drying time. With the unpredictable weather patterns that farmers experience, getting forage crops cut and quickly harvested must be done efficiently.

To accomplish this goal, incorporating a tedder into the haying implement lineup is of utmost importance. Spreading out freshly mowed windrows helps evaporate moisture from the crop before a baler takes to the field. The technology designed in modern tedders aims to spread the material evenly with each pass, and prevent damage to the turf.

“The point of the tedder is that it spreads the crop evenly across the mowing width and gives it maximum exposure to the light and air to help it dry down faster,” says Matt Jaynes, CLAAS Product Coordinator.

“A tedder will also make forages more consistent. If it’s lumped in a windrow, it will be wetter on the bottom than on the top.”