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Baling wet hay brings potential for haystack fires

Frank Mickan, Fodder Conservation Specialist, 30 November 2015

With recent rainfall across parts of eastern Australia, some potentially high quality hay which was on the ground may now be rain affected, reducing dry matter yields and nutritive value, while increasing the difficulty of getting the hay to the desired dry matter percentage.Unfortunately, there is now the possibility of mouldy hay developing, and an increased risk of spontaneous combustion, i.e. self-ignition of hay stacks.


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