Understanding how hay dries in the field

Understanding how hay dries in the field

Jim Isleib

Michigan State University

Having a basic understanding of plant response after mowing can help hay and haylage makers produce higher quality forage. ccording to University of Wisconsin forage specialist Dan Undersander, mown hay dries in three distinct phases. Understanding what happens in each phase can lead us to management practices to improve hay quality and reduce losses. Dry hay requires the removal of about three tons of moisture for every ton of hay produced.

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