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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVEMENT OF DAIRY FORAGE AND MANURE MANAGEMENT TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

Location: Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research

Title: Spontaneous heating)

Author
item Coblentz, Wayne

Submitted to: Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/25/2013
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Citation: Coblentz, W.K. 2013. Spontaneous heating. Symposium Proceedings. February 28 - March 1, 2013. Burley, ID.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Increased use of large-rectangular or large-round balers has been observed throughout the US. In part, this move away from small (100-lb) rectangular hay bales has occurred because of the high cost and limited availability of labor required to handle these bales. Although the efficiency of harvest is improved with large hay packages, there also is greater susceptibility within these large bales for spontaneous heating, and in extreme cases, spontaneous combustion. Furthermore, heating is directly associated with losses of DM and undesirable changes in forage nutritive value. Therefore, producer diligence and proactive action may be required to limit or prevent this undesirable phenomenon.

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