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Harvest & Storage

Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so it’s critical to achieve optimal harvest and store it right to reduce loss. Let our experts tell you how.

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When I visit with forage producers about hay moisture in square bales, the top concern is spontaneous combustion and fire risk, followed by mold and mycotoxins and heat damage.

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There is growing interest in wrapping hay as farmers look for solutions to put up quality hay in tight weather windows. Wrapping high-moisture hay bales can reduce the time hay needs to dry, minimizing the risks of a crop getting rained on.

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Wrapping dry bales

Traditionally, wrapping large round or square bales in plastic film has been considered mainly for high-moisture silage, or “baleage” bales, but many growers are investigating wrapping dry bales.

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Delivering the highest-quality hay is a complicated race against time.

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For all businesses, inventory is a crucial part of the day-to-day and year-to-year operations. Without product to sell – or worse yet, parts or ingredients to make salable items – a company cannot survive.

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Baleage (as opposed to harvesting forage as bales or silage) has advantages for many producers.

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