National Hay Association members toured up and down the central Williamette Valley in Oregon, visiting seed- and hay-processing facilities, during their annual convention based in Salem. They also listened to new research, export forecasts and hay production tips. Warm days, interesting conversations and whirlwind bus trips combined to make the event successful. Here are a few photos of its highlights.
A one-time trial comparing the storage of low- and high-moisture hay for export using wrapped, double-compressed alfalfa bales is discussed by Steve Fransen, forage crops specialist with Washington State University. Overall, either treatment (at 25-30% and 40-45% moisture), stored for two months in a container to simulate Pacific Ocean shipment, "would provide a stable, higher moisture hay product in Japan or other ports," he says. Fransen would like to repeat the experiment.