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What Will You Pay For Hay?


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 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?

Discuss this Blog Entry 11

Horral Jones (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

in north central Tx. $90. a ton and it is getting dryer and harder to find ,are water ponds are dry and the pastures are dry ,this would mean hay prices will be going higher in the next few weeks .

delos.thompson (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

In southeast Louisiana we have been blessed. We workin hard to keep up with the grass. Barns are filling fast but we are losing some quality due to rain.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

In our area of Western Colorado, hay is selling for $300 a ton and is in very short supply.

bwelty (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

Hay quantity in Central KY should be above average. Much needed rain fell last fall and we have received sufficient rain in July with much cooler temps. Corn is not good but pastures and soybeans have really perked up in the last 3-4 weeks. Now if we can get some more rain in August it would help.

Spencer Roberts III (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

We are selling alfalfa /orchard grass hay for $240- $320 /ton

Neal (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

Our area hay is in short supply. We paid 200/T. delivered. Were looking for more.

cbeebe (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2012

90 per bale for 5x6 bales in wisconsin

brodieP (not verified)
on Aug 3, 2012

been selling around $160 in Southern Idaho but prices are about to climb. Lucky to have our own hay and ground. Even will be renting out a bunch of pasture for cows coming off the Nevada desert...

on Aug 5, 2012

We got off the hay wagon several years ago and began to produce fodder feeds. The market for hay in Oregon is about 260.00 per ton right now and we are producing fodder feeds for about 50.00 per ton.

jkuss (not verified)
on Aug 6, 2012

i have about 250-275 small square for 3.00 bale you pick up in ne pa.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 9, 2012

Here in SE PA we have a drought. Corn is not setting ears and although we get thunder and lightning with a dry wind, we get little rain. My hay is in from 1st cutting when we had rain in spring. I feed only timothy with a bit of orchard grass. I am 72 and have only one QH gelding and his pal, another 20 something QH g as a frequent visitor. My pastures have a stream and are flanked by trees so theyhave pretty good grass not. The fields were replanted in the late 1970's with Equine grass
as dairy cattle had been here and then an orchard. I also spray for weeds once a year using Cimmaron which is supposedly safe for horses. The pastures are mowed twice a year also.

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