The Benefits of High-Quality Moisture Meters for Hay Producers

Posted by Tom Laurenzi on Apr 11, 2022 9:00:00 AM

This second installment of our industry series highlights the specific benefits of quality moisture meters for hay producers. Moisture content (MC) regulation in hay is critical for quality as well as safety, and the most experienced farmers never rely on guesswork to ensure quality.

Hay crops are susceptible to contamination by microorganisms that thrive in warm and damp conditions. Therefore, the environmental control of hay storage remains a significant concern for producers. In this article, we'll share how high-quality moisture meters can support hay producers in minimizing losses. 


Like many agricultural products, hay requires consistent monitoring to prevent excess moisture or dryness. Hay that is either too wet or too dry results in quality issues. Wet hay (>22-25%) is actually more susceptible to spontaneous combustion than dry hay. 

Microbes that feed on hay are a typical byproduct of bales containing excess moisture. The gradual growth and replication of external microbes increase the MC and heat within the bale. Super-insulated hay bales, for example, prevent the release of moisture, leading to buildup within the bales. As with all products containing sustained elevated moisture levels, the high moisture hay bale will eventually produce mold, which results in deadly toxins for livestock. 

Haystacks may spontaneously combust when internal temperatures rise above 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. It is normal for hay temperatures to reach 120F in the first few days after baling. It is important to monitor them to make certain they are cooling and MC is not rising.

Essentially, unchecked moisture content could cause safety hazards or make hay crops unsuitable for sale, which affects a producer’s overall profits. Regular and accurate monitoring with a moisture meter can help optimize hay bale conditions and prevent costly damage to the hay itself, property and equipment.  

The balance between temperature and moisture levels remains critical for effective hay storage. 

While regular monitoring can help you keep hay bale temperatures under 130 degrees Fahrenheit, problems such as excessive microbial activity may linger without a proper measurement method for MC in the hay. Every producer needs a high-quality moisture meter for optimal hay management.

Why a High-Quality Moisture Meter is So Important


Purchasing lower-quality moisture meters often prove problematic for hay producers since they often are  inaccurate and unreliable devices that can lead to issues in the field at the most critical times.  

Instead, you should select a well-built tool that maximizes productivity while reducing overall costs (including the frequent replacement fees associated with lesser-quality devices). The advantages of utilizing a proven and high-quality moisture meter include: 


Maintaining a Solid Reputation


Since a meter is a critical component to producing high quality hay, as a seller, you want buyers to know they can trust you as a resource. You will enjoy the financial benefits of positive word of mouth references and customer loyalty.

Reducing Operational Cost


Investing in a high-quality, well-made moisture meter can save farmers and producers money in the long term since the devices are less likely to break down during operation. The ideal meter should be made to withstand the rigors of its intended use on the farm, season after season. A quality moisture meter will feature the kind of impact-resistant construction essential in any agriculture environment. 

High-quality moisture meters offer a combination of durability and reliable readings that save cost by minimizing MC estimates and optimize the device’s functionality with fewer repairs and maintenance. When the time comes that you need to have your meter serviced, you want to know that service is timely and readily available. 

Maintain Optimal Efficiencies


Choosing a specialized quality moisture meter provides relevant features that help you obtain reliable readings no matter the crop or cutting.  For example, meters with various lengths probe attachments make it easy to determine hay moisture from the surface to the bale center of small squares to large bales, and round bales as well. Special application probes and sensors are also available for testing in the windrow, and for on-the-go monitoring while baling.   

Expertly Crafted Moisture Meters for Hay Producers


Delmhorst provides over 75 years of experience designing and manufacturing the highest quality moisture meters for various agricultural markets, such as hay production. Our experts will guide you toward the most suitable meters for accurate results according to your specific needs. 

Our next article goes beyond the primary benefits of moisture meters by providing hay producers with the top tips for narrowing down to the most suitable devices. Contact Delmhorst for more information on how you can find the perfect moisture meter for your product today!

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