A lot of time, money and labor are invested in the production of a hay crop. Though most farmers feel a sense of relief once the last bale is ejected from the baler,there is unfortunately still plenty of opportunity for yield and quality loss if the crop is not properly stored.
· The best choice for storing bales is under a roof placed on a rock foundation.
· Avoid hay to soil contact. It is typically the primary source of loss associated without door hay storage.
· If bales must be placed on the ground, find a well-drained area.
· Keep bales in an area that is open and receives maximum sunlight. Avoid storing bales adjacent to tree lines, which limit sunlight and drying.
· Unless bales are stored under a roof or tarp, place bales so that their sides do not touch.
· Place the flat ends of bales firmly against one another; this protects the ends almost as well as if they were one continuous hay package.