Rained on bales
Posted 13 July 2009 - 10:50 AM
I've got a few hundred sm square bales of grass hay that got rained on last night - pretty decent downpour. How long do you let bales dry out before moving them into storage? Do I need to roll the bales over to let the bottoms dry a bit as well? My hay crew decided that they had better things to do and left me high and dry. So I was hauling in by myself - not for the faint of heart!
Thanks for your replys.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:08 PM
Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:56 PM
I had three bales sitting by the horse pen this weekend when we received 1" of rain. In a mere 24 hours all three bales were hot, and mold had already started to grow.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:49 PM
We had a neighbor that gave us several hundred bales like that once. his bale wagon broke and he wasn't about to pick em up by hand. Rained that night and some more the next day so it had plenty of time to soak in. Had maybe a inch total, but after they laid there several days before he gave em to us, some of them got so warm I could feel them thru the soles of my shoes while walking on the stacked hay on the wagon. Not too mention they were at least a hundred pound bales if not 120 with all that extra water.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 03:19 PM
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:30 AM
Usually, we get summer T-storms that pass through quickly w/ not so much real moisture but this time we've had a pretty good rain (by western standards).
On a positive note, it's supposed to warm up rapidly over the next few days but of course then another round of T-storms is imminent.
Anyone ever put salt on layers of damp bales when they stack? What's that supposed to do, does it work, and how much to apply? I do know guys used to apply anhydrous ammonia as a bale preservative for hay that was baled wet - a little scary with the N levels etc. (and cost).
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