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Wet hay
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magpie    Posted 08-10-2002 at 05:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
How well can windrowed hay shed rain? If hay is ready to rake and it is threatning to rain, should I leave it flat or rake it?

LH    Posted 08-10-2002 at 08:00:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
These guy are right on magpie. Leave it flat on the ground until the rain is over and its cured enough to rake. It may bleach some but will dry a whole lot better than if it's been windrowed. If after baling they are still wet, do like JoeK said and put em on edge todry, you can salt them too if need be to help with the drying. Do not put any wet or damp hay in a barn, they will spontaneously combust.

Les...fortunate    Posted 08-10-2002 at 07:17:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Joe on both counts. Let it dry before raking, for sure.

JoeK    Posted 08-10-2002 at 05:59:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We always used to leave it,dries faster flat,but will also lose nutrients faster once the sun hits it after the rain,I'd leave it and rake as soon as dry again so wind can get thru it.......we used ta rake right ahead of the baler pending rain...

magpie    Posted 08-10-2002 at 06:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
O.K. thanks Joe, How about baled hay that has been rained on, Should they be stooked up to get them off the ground,or what?

JoeK    Posted 08-10-2002 at 06:56:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been a few yrs,but if I recall right wet bales will drain/dry faster on edge,we useta lay em on a wagon(single layer) or on gravel/concrete so they wouldn't pick up ground water or if just a few break em up to dry,the rebale.

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