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we have been trying to bale hay last two months rain every 3rd day rained out again cant seem to get a drying day has any one tried chopping hay that has partially cured mostly grass worried that id put up a big pile of manure have some lodged oats to go in pile as well soon as i switch to chopping it will probably dry up but forecast dont look that way
 

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I have made round bales of hay at 25-30% moisture and then wrapped them in a tube. They didn't ensile, but also kept their condition. Came out the way they went in. It was successful because we kept the air out and couldn't start heating. I'm not sure if chopping would do the same or not.
 

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Eh. Partially cured hay could be in the "gummy" stage that is a ***** to chop and blow. I would recommend a bag instead of a pile and good luck, same crap down here right now.
 

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Hello Tc
Yes, I've made chop out of some less then ideal crops & they turned out OK, never had a wreck. It wasn't the best of feed, but it kept. You can't expect much though, I mean garbage in = garbage out. In similar situations, I know of a lot of guys that couldn't put up that mature hay in dry bales, so they put them up wet & wrapped them. They all had wrecks. You seem to be able to get away with more when you chop those mature crops with low WSC. You may run into trouble packing if they get too dry on you. Dry chop is a lot harder to pack, some have added water to it just to help with this. Chop as short as you can, this helps with packing, shorter material packs way easier than long material, especially when it's on the drier side.
 
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