Consistent rain showers in the Mitchell, South Dakota area have pushed this year’s hay crop along. South Dakota State University Extension cow/calf specialist Taylor Grussing says the season started a bit slow, but growth picked up with hot and humid weather. For livestock producers trying to put up hay around the rains, Grussing recommends checking moisture content first. “Try to let it dry out as much as possible. Bales should be stacked from north to south in fields. Also, leaving space between rows allows for good air movement and sun penetration to keep bales dry.”
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