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It is beneficial to allow your field to dry for at least 3-5 days prior to cutting for hay. This allows the equipment to not rut the field or get stuck in mud. This also permits the fresh cut hay to dry more quickly as it is not be setting on wet ground. The quicker it can dry the quicker it can be baled and removed from the field so you may begin watering again.
Turning of the cut hay depends on a lot of factors, thickness of your crop, ground moisture, rain (hopefully not) and air temperature. Turning of hay is not always required but can assist in the hay drying more quickly, it all depends on the moisture.