Chasing hay bales in Central California

· November 3, 2016

Hummingbird Aerial, a photography company operating in California’s Central Valley, captured this farmer chasing hay bales … and even made the task look easy.  That farm sure has a nice stack for winter feeding.

Speaking of stacking square bales, here are some general recommendations from the South Dakota State University Extension iGrow:

  • Not all hay bales are created equal. Keep extra-long or short bales out of the stack for consistency.
  • Make sure the stack height does not exceed 1.5 times the shortest base dimension.
  • Save loose hay bales for the top of your stack, or feed those bales right away.
  • Small square bales should read below 20% moisture before stacking.
  •  It is a good idea to stack square bales on their sides with the stems of the cut hay running up-and-down.
  • Using pallets, or at least a layer of dry straw, under the bottom row will reduce storage losses from ground moisture.
  • Bale direction may need to be altered throughout the stack to prevent leaning.

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