Dry conditions are causing hay resources to run short. How much will hay be worth in 2012?
The U.S. is experiencing the worst drought since 1956, with 56% of the nation suffering from dry and hot conditions. This epic drought is baking crops, scorching pastures and dwindling hay supplies.
As many of our neighbors have already started to feed hay this summer, there is increased worry about having enough feed resources available to get through the winter; and if none are available, the next worry is how much will it cost to purchase hay? In normal years, we market our surplus hay, but this year, we are turning down interested callers, keeping every bale we have in preparation for a shortage this winter.
As the drought continues to impact much of the U.S., this week’s online poll question at beefmagazine.com asks: “What’s your local price for good grass hay?” Vote and leave your comments in the comment section.
With 139 votes so far, 46% of you say local good grass hay is running $100-149/ton. Another 39% of you say $150/ton or more, while 14% report good grass hay in their local area at $99/ton or less. Another 1% say it’s not available.
Vote in the poll here.
How are things in your neck of the woods? Are you able to put up enough hay, or do you plan to purchase some? If so, how much are you having to pay?