Quote of the Month: Leaving new bales in the field is like leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Sure, it’s convenient at the time, but in both situations, after a while they begin to stink ~ Lauren Peterson

Hay will never be in a better nutritional state than the moment it is cut. It simply quotes bookdeteriorates from that point. The only thing you can then control is getting the hay baled, out of the field and into good storage conditions as rapidly as possible. However, it is important to be certain that hay reaches a safe moisture level and internal temperature before moving it to storage to avoid spontaneous combustion. Otherwise, fire can occur in hay stored outside or in a barn. Forage-Livestock Quotes and Concepts, vol. 2 is available here.