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Preventing hay from catching fire on the farm

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BY STEVE MUSEN
Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moisture levels and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay.

Generally, hay will begin a heating phase within one to two days after baling. During this time, you should monitor hay to make sure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.


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