Used Around The World, This Bailer Was Invented in Southern Utah
This amazing piece of farm equipment sold around the world makes it possible to bail hay no matter how hot the temperature. And it was invented right here in Southern Utah.
Staheli West's Dewpoint steamers have had a huge impact on farm production. Dave Staheli's story is one of inspiration and perseverance. In 1994 Staheli was managing Brent Hunter Farms in Cedar City and was frustrated with the dry weather that forced him to leave the hay sitting in the fields.
Bailing hay has been traditionally done in the morning when there is dew on the ground. The damp hay sticks together and keeps all the good leaves in the bail. In arid regions like Southern Utah, it can get too dry to bail hay even in the mornings. This is the problem Staheli faced.
Through prayer and lots of trial and error, Staheli came up with the idea to use steam to do the job morning dew usually would. As you can imagine, it is no small task to get an idea for new farm equipment through testing with trial and error, investment money to build a prototype, and eventually get it manufactured.
Several years ago, my brother and I were doing a morning show on what was then Kickin' Country. We were told about a 72-hour challenge that would be taking place in Enterprise by Staheli West. They would use one of their steamers to bail hay for three days straight.
We traveled every day to a different field and broadcast as they demonstrated the ability to bail hay any time of day. It was one of the most memorable events of my radio career. They ended up bailing 4,668 bails throughout the challenge.
Now this Saheli West Steamer is used by farmers in many different countries to bring alfalfa to the world's livestock. And all to think it started right here in Southern Utah.