Gourmet Horse Hay Producer
As I sit waiting for the rain residual from yesterday to dry off, I am wondering about the different factors in moisture loss the first day. Today is the first of 3.5-4 days of haymaking weather but will be cloudy all day. I typically cut in a 10 am to 1 pm window to maximize the moisture loss the first day. Spread hay as much as the discbine will do, often tedding at 4 or so the first day. Specifically, my question is, does anyone have empirical data on the difference in sunny vs cloudy weather on drying given the same temps, humidity, and wind? does anyone have data on the impact of humidity on moisture loss? Obviously, I know that at 65% humidity, moisture loss will be less than at 40%, but I am wondering how much less? What I am really trying to determine is if it is actually worth waiting a day to cut which also shortens the window to oncoming unsettled weather.