Bale of straw Vs bale of hay

Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:09 pm

Whats the differance be tween Straw and Hay? They both look the same to me :? ..

Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:29 pm

Straw is usually the left over material from combining oats or wheat and has sometimes a shiney yellow color but mostly pail yellow and has no nutrion to it that is why it is used on lawns for cover and hay in the nicely green stuff, used to feed animals.
Just got done picking up big square bales of Wheat straw yesterday. And big 900lb hay bales last night.
Hope this helps.


Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:24 am

Jason pretty well hit it. Straw is the remaining stem from harvesting grain products such as wheat, oats, rye etc. There are no leaves to provide nutritional value to livestock. Hay on the other hand is basically dried grass. The same stuff the animals will eat fresh is dried and baled to preserve it. It contains the plant leaf with nutritional value and taste for livestock. Alfalfa, timothy, clover and several other grass plants make excellent hay.

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:17 pm

Jason. BD thanks for the education 8). figures a couple of mid westerns would know the defferance :lol: , I am in N.Y. not many wheat or oat fields here , so thats my excuse :lol: ...

thanks Jack

Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:39 pm

hay has seeds in it and straw doesnt thats why it is used for straw berries,and animal bedding. When later spread on fields with manure,not as many weed seeds as hay. Mike

Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:30 am

Up around the Finger Lakes there is plenty of wheat and oats.