What is the effect of rain damage on hay?

What is the effect of rain damage on hay?

Brian Pugh

FarmTalk

Hay that has been cut and then rained on can lose quality in four ways. These include: 1) leaching of soluble carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, 2) increased and prolonged plant respiration, 3) leaf shattering, and 4) microbial breakdown of plant tissue.

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