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How Bad Is It When Your Curing Hay Gets Rained On in the Field?

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  2 Comments

Well, it’s not great, but the changes in its quality depend on the amount and duration of the rain. So here’s what you need to know. Plus, if you’re feeding horses with laminitis, this could be just the ticket to keep them safe.

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Rain occurring while cut hay is laying in the field causes both yield and quality losses that reduce
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About the author

Dr. Krishona Martinson has been with the University of Minnesota Extension since 2001 and is currently the Equine Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Weed Science from the University of Minnesota and specializes in weed identification and control, poisonous plants and forage utilization and management for horse owners. Dr. Martinson also raises, breeds, and trains Foundation Quarter Horses.


  1. Jon says:

    Great Article. Can you please discuss the losses in Hay for the following scenario: Hay is baled in 5′ round bales in Michigan in June/July and stored under cover until November. Then it is put in the field to be bale-grazed all winter. Also, please discuss what would happen in the same scenario but if the bales were not put under cover during the summer months where they got rained on after being baled. Thanks!

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