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Review storage options to reduce hay losses

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Leaving bales in field results in loss of dry matter

By David Harrison

With hay season under way, now is the time for farmers to think about ways to store the hay they produce this year to reduce storage losses.

The most common storage method is leaving large round bales stored outside on the ground. This method requires no investment but leaves hay out in the weather resulting in the largest possible dry matter loss. Storage losses can run up to 30 percent or more during a normal year.


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