Rain Damage to Forage During Hay and Silage Making
by Mike Rankin and Daniel Undersander
Rain that occurs between the time forage is cut and harvested causes both yield and quality losses that reduce the value of the crop as an animal feed and a marketable commodity. Weather-induced losses can be caused by:
Increased and prolonged plant respiration that reduces soluble carbohydrates and the overall energy content of forage.
Leaching of soluble carbohydrates, protein, and certai