Hay Fire Prevention and Control
Grisso, Robert D. (Robert Dwight), 1956-
Gay, Susan Wood
Smith, Ray Lee, 1962-
Swisher, Jerry M., 1949-
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Hay moisture concentration has a major effect on the microbial activity that can lead to hay fires. Therefore, hay should be cured to the proper moisture concentration prior to baling. Virginia Cooperative Extension recommends baling at a moisture concentration of 20 percent or less for small rectangular bales. Large rectangular or round bales should be baled at 18 percent moisture or less.