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Focus on Quality When Planning Your Hay Harvest

hay baleTiming is crucial when harvesting hay since it can affect the quality of forage. Plant stage and maturity, soil quality and damp weather conditions also play a role in hay quality. See other factors that can affect hay quality and learn how to improve the end result. Once hay is harvested, get a nutrient analysis report, as visual appraisal alone is not sufficient. Learn how to interpret the forage analysis.

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