Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Does it make sense to invest the time, labor and equipment in harvesting hay and then lose 30% of it during storage? With a 1l50 # round bale, worth $65/ton, this would amount to a loss of 345 # of hay, valued at $11.21, per bale. A producer who feeds his own hay is not only out the value of the damaged hay, but may have to purchase additional feed to replace that lost, doubling his expense.
Durland, Bob and Pohl, Steve, "Don’t Lose Scarce & Expensive Hay Through Storage or Feeding" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 1.