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HOW TO TEST HAY MOISTURE LEVELS FOR SAFE STORAGE

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HOW TO TEST HAY MOISTURE LEVELS FOR SAFE STORAGE

Failure to properly store your hay can lead to horrible consequences — including the potential of dangerous fire hazards. And, when the safety of your hay products (and anything else that's nearby!) is at stake, so is your revenue should something happen. This is why testing your moisture levels before and after storage is crucial. It is vital to bale hay at proper moisture levels and store it in a way that reduces mold development preserves leaves, color and even the feed value.The problem with moist hay is that it becomes a breeding ground for fungus to grow. And, as...

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Avoid Wet Hay

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Avoid Wet Hay

Avoid Wet Hay Make quality hay even when the sun doesn’t shine. Added moisture has prevented plant maturity and cutting at the proper time. Cut hay has been rained upon, and the wet ground has exacerbated the drying time for hay ready to bale. The wet conditions can diminish hay quality through increased dry-matter (DM) losses, reduced nutritive value, escalated heat and even increased mold content. According to Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, hay will lose 5%-6% DM until the hay reaches 40% moisture during the drying process. Dry-matter losses increase as large bales are placed...

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