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PRESERVE YOUR HAY QUALITY WITH FRESH CUT®

Jun 12, 2020

While years of high moisture can often improve the quantity of forage available, maintaining quality becomes an important aspect of a producer’s summer to-do list. Waiting to harvest hay can often mean risking getting rained on and delaying the growth of the next cutting. In fact, low-moisture hay can even mean increased leaf shattering and field losses. So, if harvesting hay at higher moistures has nutritional benefits, how can the risk of mold be mitigated?

Look no further than Fresh Cut® Plus liquid hay preservative.

This preservative impedes the growth of mold while reducing heat and hay deterioration, enabling producers to bale hay at higher moistures. According to Kemin Industries, the maker of Fresh Cut, harvesting at these higher moisture levels can shorten curing time, reduce leaf shattering and field losses, promote digestibility, retain natural hay color, stabilize nutrients and improve palatability. The liquid blend also protects baling equipment from metal corrosion.

“Fresh Cut allows producers to bale at higher moisture and retain more leaves, thus improving the quality of the hay,” Agtegra feed division manager Scott Kilber said.

Kilber recommends using Fresh Cut on high quality forages such as alfalfa, as these will bring the best return. Producers can also benefit from using it on higher moisture hay that needs to be harvested before another rainfall hits or on heavy crops that do not dry well, such as millet hay or sudan grass.

With various packaging formats to meet the volume needs of producers, Fresh Cut offers a liquid formulation to be used as hay is being fed into the baler. Application rates vary depending on moisture content, with more pounds per ton needed for higher moisture hay. Effective on variety of mold strains, Fresh Cut protects hay quality when harvested at moisture levels that typically would have the potential for significant mold growth.

“Using hay preservative can help get alfalfa up in a shorter window to prevent it from getting rained on and off the field quicker to let the next cutting start to grow,” Kilber said. “It also helps maintain the quality of hay put up.”

For more information on Fresh Cut and to learn how to order, contact the Ipswich Farm Store at 605-426-6163 today.
 


 


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