Well-conceived shelter construction practices are vital to protect hay supplies from Oklahoma’s often devastating weather, where wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour are not uncommon.

“Producers often talk about the weather, but proper construction of hay shelters is one area where they can actually do something about it,” said Carol Jones, Oklahoma State University biosystems and agricultural engineer.

Most critical wind forces are uplifting forces which tend to pull the roof off the frame and poles out of the ground. Jones said the direction of the force, upward, is the opposite of what many people expect.

Jones said the roof must be tied down all the way to the ground to resist this upward force during high winds.

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