• Don't place hay near objects that may attract lightning.
  • Stack the flat ends of bales tightly together.
  • Store bales in a gently sloping, well drained area.
  • Run rows up and down a slope with north-to-south orientation.
  • Increase haybale density to resist water penetration.
  • Protect the top and sides of bales from rain with covers.
  • Avoid shade that may slow drying after rain.
  • Keep hay off the ground by placing bales on rock, wooden pallets or old tires.
  • The rounded sides of bales should not touch-leave 3 feet between rows.
  • Reduce your risk of fire loss by storing bales in more than one location.