As you put up hay this summer, keep in mind that storing it on the ground with no cover will cost upwards of 40% in spoilage.
“The data support the idea the losses occur both from moisture getting to the top and bottom of bales,” say researchers at the University of Tennessee. They conducted a trial there, weighing bales at harvest and storage in June and then again the next January when the bales were fed.
Here’s how various storage methods fared:
|On ground, no cover||37%|
|On tires, no cover||29%|
|On ground, covered||29%|
|Net wrap on ground||19%|
|On tires, covered||8%|