Start Date

26-2-2004 9:40 AM

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It is well known that baling hay at the right moisture content is the key to preventing excessive heating in the bale. It can be quite a challenge, though, to get all of the hay baled without some of it being a bit wetter than is desirable. That’s when trouble can begin, and we have to be concerned about heating that could damage the hay or even lead to spontaneous combustion. Fortunately, the heating process does take some time to develop and we do know what temperatures signal that a critical situation may be developing. So, monitoring bale or stack temperatures is one good way to find out what is happening inside the bale and to help avoid that nasty surprise that no one wants to see – a hay fire.

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Feb 26th, 9:40 AM

Measuring Hay Temperatures

It is well known that baling hay at the right moisture content is the key to preventing excessive heating in the bale. It can be quite a challenge, though, to get all of the hay baled without some of it being a bit wetter than is desirable. That’s when trouble can begin, and we have to be concerned about heating that could damage the hay or even lead to spontaneous combustion. Fortunately, the heating process does take some time to develop and we do know what temperatures signal that a critical situation may be developing. So, monitoring bale or stack temperatures is one good way to find out what is happening inside the bale and to help avoid that nasty surprise that no one wants to see – a hay fire.