The gathering of straw, the last phase of the harvest. After harvesting the cereal, it is time for the straw bales.
Our balers form regular bundles of straw which they tie by using sisal or plastic rope. The bales are usually scattered in the field and are later collected by manual means, manual with mechanical assistance or by completely mechanical means. To facilitate this work, some balers have a trailer attached that temporarily collects the bales and then deposits them regularly in the field, facilitating subsequent collection.
Generally, the material to be packed is collected directly from the field after the mowing or harvesting process. If its destination is a simple packaging, it must be very dry. If silage is intended for fermentation, it must have a variable degree of humidity depending on the material in question.
Straw was considered a by-product of cereal. In recent years, and especially as a result of the ban on burning, farmers have had to figure out how to find an outlet for it, managing this significant volume correctly, and finding, when possible, a use for it.
The most traditional destination is livestock farms, either to provide food or bedding for the animals. But it is also used in the manufacture of pellets for boilers, or the generation of complementary energy.