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I think the portable moisture meters are a good thing.
I have seen them used quite poorly however, to make really bad, almost flammable hay. Like Tim says the hay in the field may be unevenly drying. The fellow I saw the meter poorly was averaging his moisture numbers to get the number he wanted. The moisture may even out to a degree between the dryer part of bales and the moist part, but as much as he wanted. That particular field of bales ended up very dusty and there were even some small ash pockets reported in the bales!
We have been making more loose hay on our farm and going for dry we don’t always get the best color, but our scent is great and where we used to rely on waste hay to build up our goats bedding pack we have absolutely no waste whatsoever and have had to buy straw this winter.