|First Posted Mar 18, 2008|
Jul 22, 2010
Determine Hay Moisture and Spontaneous Combustions Levels
Have you ever considered the amount of moisture content in your hay and the negative effects of too much moisture? There are many causes of barn fires with wet hay topping the list. Wet hay can facilitate spontaneous combustion. Also, moldy hay, often caused by too much moisture content in the hay, can cause a horse to colic.
What Can Cause Barn Fires?
The following is a breakdown of what the parameters are for moisture content in your hay:
Moisture Suggestions for Storing Hay
Prepared by Donald K. Myers, Extension Agronomist Emeritus
There are a number of methods that can be used to determine the amount of moisture content in your hay. One is the use of a microwave. How To Determine Moisture Content In Hay
"A simple probe inserted into a haystack can accurately monitor temperature. You can make the probe with a 10-foot piece of pipe or electrical tubing. Sharpen the pipe or screw a pointed dowel to the end. Then drill several one-quarter inch diameter holes in the tube just above the pointed end. Drive the probe into the haystack and lower a thermometer on a string into the probe. The thermometer should be left for 10 minutes in several areas to ensure an accurate reading. Watch for these temperatures within your stack: