With Hay Chec®:
- Samples are easier to take
- Moisture levels of the sample are more representative of the complete hay stack
- The stem size and quantity of the sample are more conducive to any accurate and consistent laboratory analysis
1. Inside diameter of cutting edge is best size for taking baled hay samples.
- A larger opening makes it difficult to grind the material in preparation for analysis
- A smaller opening makes it difficult to get a good sample on fibrous material as the stems will tend to split and bypass the probe rather than being cut and entering the tube for retention as sample material.
2. Taper of cutting edge end is best angle and length for taking baled hay samples.
- A more pronounced angle and/or length of taper would make it more difficult for the tube to penetrate the bale because of the added friction and increased pressure of the baled material surrounding the probe. It would also make the angle of the cuffing edge less efficient.
- A less pronounced angle and/or length of taper would make the sample material pass less freely through the tube thereby blocking the entrance to the tube and making an accurate sample of the material within the bale impossible. It would also make the angle of the cuffing edge less efficient.
3. The length of the tube is best for taking baled hay samples. It is imperative that the tube penetrate the baled material exactly the same depth on every probe. If not, the sample taker will get more soft material than hard or tough material and a representative sample of the stack will not have been obtained.
- A longer tube cannot be inserted into the baled material on every probe in hard or tough material by a sampler of average strength.
- A shorter tube will not penetrate the baled material deep enough to obtain a representative sample.
4. The bottom of the tube is threaded so that it can be sent back to the factory for re-tapering, or can be replaced if bent or broken.
5. The tube is stainless steel.
- Maintains a sharp edge longer.
- Permits adequate strength with a thin wall tube.
- Stays smooth and rust-free for easy penetration into the baled material and free passage of the sampled materials through the tube.
6. The base of the probe comprises a machined and threaded section.
- The base is machined to provide a ridge to protect the threaded jar retainer, and to permit replacement of the tube.
- The whole base section is intentionally heavy to create a better balance; more strength; and additional momentum during the sampling procedure.
7. The handles are of sufficient size and proper texture to permit a firm grasp of the hay probe during the sampling procedure.
8. Canning jars are readily obtainable in grocery stores in most agricultural areas. They are the ideal containers to keep your samples. Also, one may use the provided cut-out plastic jar half to use as a form in using plastic baggies.
- Being of glass and steel, the moisture loss during the time you take your sample and the time your laboratory does its analysis is negligible.
- Moisture loss is negligible during the sampling procedure because the sample goes directly into the jar.
- The jars are easily marked for later identification.
- They may be reused after proper cleaning.
- Quart sizes are available if larger sample quantities are needed.