Hay storage during winter

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Hay storage during winter

Post by Perbjorkhem » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:58 pm

Hi all!

I just started playing the game again, because I now have Seasons! What a marvelous mod. It's like a new game. So realistic. I just failed to make hay. I thought it would dry faster. Well, I drove off the wet grass to the biogas plant.

Anyway, here is my question.

If I put my hay bales under a shed, will they survive the winter? Or will snow blow in and make it rot?

Can I wrap the hay bales in plastic to protect them?

Can I store straw bales outside or will they rot during winter?

Hope someone knows all the answers. Thanks!

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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by bojanh66 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:04 pm

Hay and straw needs to be stored inside sheds and you cant wrap them.
Snow and rain can rot your bales if they stay outside.

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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by FarmCatJenkins » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:06 pm

https://www.realismusmodding.com/mods/seasons19/manual/

They talk about rotting under the Grass section
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by ThatCanadianGuy » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:39 pm

I've had straw bales sitting outside for years, they never went anywhere.

Hay needs to be stored under cover that has Seasons Mask
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by Noraf » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:49 am

DjGoham did a test on this, awailible on yt
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by Perbjorkhem » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:05 pm

Ok. Thanks a lot!

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Post by cwattyeso » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:16 pm

My practice for storing hay in winter if in bales, is to find a good sized shed on the farm, or place one if there isn't. Then I use the Bale Stacks Mod by GTX https://www.farming-simulator.com/mod.p ... tle=fs2019 and chuck a couple of them down inside the shed. Then I have no problems at all with storing Hay Bales can keep 168 in a single stack, and inside the stack they will never rot or disintegrate or disappear and you can take them back out as and when you need them.
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by ThatCanadianGuy » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:00 pm

It isn't the most realistic but if you are like me and do not enjoy managing bales I just run them through a mixer and store hay, straw and feed in one of these

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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by SimpleFarmer » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:45 pm

How long does it take for the grass to become hay? every year it rains on my "drying" grass and I just make it into silage and buy hay from the store :/ I have dry grass now and I'm waiting for it to dry but its taking forever. If it rains on it again... :'(
Also, if you store hay or straw in the barn silo (the stock one you just dump it in) will it still rot?
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by ThatCanadianGuy » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:36 am

Either 1 day or 1 "season" but that is why you need to watch your weather forecast, if rain is coming don't cut the grass.
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by SimpleFarmer » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:11 pm

Yet another year of failed hay making >:( there was no rain in the forecast, super hot out middle of summer. Cut grass early in day, waited all day and at night it rained for some unknown reason. More silage and purchased hay. I am going to just plow up the grass and plant actual crops that will pay for the hay that won't grow there.
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by Jalars86 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:22 pm

I've never had a problem with grass drying and turning to hay. It seems like it takes 4 hours? or more depending on temp and wind speeds. Are you cutting the grass when it's wet? Then you'd have to ted it first before it will dry on it's own to hay.
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by FarmCatJenkins » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:23 pm

SimpleFarmer wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:11 pm
Yet another year of failed hay making >:( there was no rain in the forecast, super hot out middle of summer. Cut grass early in day, waited all day and at night it rained for some unknown reason. More silage and purchased hay. I am going to just plow up the grass and plant actual crops that will pay for the hay that won't grow there.
When I get screwed by those nasty surprise mini bursts of rain, I usually just break down and get it from the Edge Silo. It's free. But that's worst case scenario. Usually though I have enough from the season before.
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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by smithadam » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:00 pm

Same here, I've never had a problem with grass drying and turning to hay..

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Re: Hay storage during winter

Post by SimpleFarmer » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:49 pm

I don't need any handouts lol I didn't know the edge silos gave out free hay, that's kind of cool.
The grass was dry when I cut it, but I merged it around midday. I didn't think it would be able to tell if it was merged or not. I might try it again next summer, what kind of farmer can't grow hay?
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