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Tinker Airforce Base – Baling vs. Mowing

Report from the Air Force Material Command

by Brion Ockenfels
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Most people would associate hay baling operations with agriculture and not grounds-keeping at one of the busiest aerospace maintenance, overhaul and repair complexes in the Air Force.

At Tinker Air Force Base, baling hay is yielding a harvest designed to “green” the base while cutting grounds-maintenance costs.

“The total dollar savings to the base when comparing mowing and areas for hay baling is about $70,000 annually,” said Lowell Bynum, the contracting officer representative for Tinker AFB’s grounds maintenance in the 72nd Air Base Wing Civil Engineering Directorate.

“If we want it mowed, the taxpayer is footing the bill; if we hay it, it essentially costs the taxpayer nothing,” Krupovage said. “The reason it works well on Tinker is that we have some larger, relatively level, undeveloped grass areas that are suitable for haying, and they need to be maintained in some way.”

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