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The farmer recently cut and baled our field, however he left quite a few patches ...
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    How long to allow hay to dry??

    The farmer recently cut and baled our field, however he left quite a few patches he had cut which he said wasnt worth collecting. I have now gone t rake this up so we can turn the horses back out to find there is far too much to just throw away. So o want to collect and keep it to use. Question is how do i know when its safe to feed it? Is there a reccomended drying time. At the moment its been in the field sin it was cut Tuesday but i do want t pile it in the barn soon. thanks

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    If he's already baled it then it should be ok to pile up in the barn, unless he baled with out the hay being dry....After my cousin baled hay there were a few times I went out and got the hay that was left over. It was already dried out the day they baled b/c they waited until it was dry to bale.
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    He is baling today. Was cut tues and it'd been sunny and windy. Some bits are green but it feels very dry like other bales we have bought.

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    i told my friend today we should be ok to collect the hay. But shes still a little on sure if its safe yet? I have been reading all through the internet and getting mixed views, some say as soon as its dry and others wait a few week??

    Also is there any other precautions I should take? We will be piling this up loose in our small barn tonight.

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    If the hay was cut last Tuesday...it should bemore than dry enough to collect.

    To make sure...turn a windrow over...the grass underneath will still be green...but does if feel dry...another words....does it "crinkle" sound when you roll it and is there no moisture in the blade?

    We farm....2000 acres of hay alone...and whoever told you "weeks" is quite wrong...if you have drying weather you can bale as quick as two days on the earth...even a rain will only add a day unless it is a torrential down pour...but then...you have cattle hay...lol.

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    If you are picking up the lose hay and piling it in the barn it will continue to cure even if it was a little green. It is packing high moisture hay in a bale that causes the problem.

    During the summer, we have extreme heat in my part of the country. I have cut grass hay (with a conditioner) and baled it the next day. It is not the amount of drying time but rather the moisture content of the hay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmeress View Post
    If the hay was cut last Tuesday...it should bemore than dry enough to collect.

    To make sure...turn a windrow over...the grass underneath will still be green...but does if feel dry...another words....does it "crinkle" sound when you roll it and is there no moisture in the blade?

    We farm....2000 acres of hay alone...and whoever told you "weeks" is quite wrong...if you have drying weather you can bale as quick as two days on the earth...even a rain will only add a day unless it is a torrential down pour...but then...you have cattle hay...lol.

    Thanks I will check that 'crincle' tonight.
    Its just what I have read on the internet trying to find when its safe lol
    I honestly dont have a clue about it all, we just have it delivered ready to use. This is the first time we get t keep some since we dont own the land, down side is its loose.

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