Beware of hot hay temperature danger zone
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Baling wet hay? You’re not alone. However, in a year when you’ve got to make hay even if the sun doesn’t shine, it’s important to remember that moist hay can quickly become hot hay, which can ignite through spontaneous combustion, reports the Southwest Farm Press.
Most farmers strive to bale hay that is field-dried to 20% or less in moisture. At this moisture content, the baled hay can cure properly and maintain quality. When moisture content is higher than 20%, stored hay will generate more heat than can safely be dissipated into the atmosphere.
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