How Are Your Hay-Growing Conditions?

Dry weather in the country's midsection has some folks nervous about prospects for the 2012 hay crop. How are your hay-growing conditions?

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Anonymous
on Aug 6, 2012

We are in southern Montana and it is so bad, and we have had our pivots going the whole time. We are getting 200 less bales a pivot than last year. It did stay cold longer but than it got so hot. I just want to know what is going on.

Anonymous
on Jun 23, 2012

Western Washington is wet and cool. Not bad for first cutting haylege, just hoping it will dry up and warm up for second cutting dry hay. The good part is our cows in pasture can barely keep up to how fast its growing. It was 58 and raining today.

Anonymous
on Jun 23, 2012

All are hay fields here in central IL are at half or less than what they normaly would be if we had normal amounts of rain. Things are very dry here cows are eating pastures down and they are not growing back have to start feeding hay soon.

Anonymous
on Jun 22, 2012

North Mississippi, first cutting of hay 50% of normal, we are 12 inches short on rain. No rain in forcast.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2012

Coastal Bend in Texas. Getting regular showers this Spring. Problem is no sub-soil moisture after last years drought. Grass greens up after a rain and burns up after a few days.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2012

In Central Utah we received a low snow pack this winter, followed by a warm spring. Out water came down from the mountains too soon and too fast. Now we're short. Our water conditions are similar to mid-August. If we don't get rain soon, we will have to cut back on our hay irrigation and begin to cull cows.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2012

North Central Florida better than has been but rain is still much needed. All natural ponds are dry and rivers are at record lows.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

South Central Missouri very dry and feeding hay already.

on Jun 19, 2012

Parts of central and north central Montana are very poor. Not only is there very little hay but the grass is very short or nonexistent.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

Here in western Ky hay is only making about half the normal, we have no moisture, we are approximately 15" behind for the year and it doesn't look good for the next 10 days. Our pastures have dried up and we have started supplementing with hay.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

We're in western Ky too. Everything grew and bloomed five or six weeks ahead of schedule here. Late May and early June are our usual haying times, but wheat and ryegrass hay fields were ready, cut, baled and stored in the barns in April this year! Mixed grass, clover and alfalfa hay was cut in early May. It's a good thing, because if we had waited, the hay would be burned up and too dry to bale. Prospects for more hay look poor at this point. Management intensive grazing and plenty of rest between are keeping some grass growing, but without rain, we'll run out of pasture. Lespedeza and Red River crabgrass look like the next best candidates for summer hay, if we get any rain to thicken the stands.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

North Central Mn Newer seeding looks good, ready to cut, need sunshine. Have had plenty of moisture.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

Southern Indiana had a good to great first cutting. Second cutting of mixed clover & grass hay was not heavy enough to pay the cost of the diesel. Now everything is brown.

Anonymous
on Jun 18, 2012

Dry, windy, warm, Green with very little growth on cool season grass. Warm season not much better. To top it off many new hatched grasshoppers, not encouagfing for N E Colo

Anonymous
on Jun 18, 2012

Cold and wet here in Manitoba, Canada. We've had lots of moisture; now we just need some sunshine!

Anonymous
on Jun 18, 2012

In SE Idaho not sure which has set us back the worst. No moisture or continual frost. Not sure we have had 4 days in a row without frost damage and no moisture for at least 6 weeks now.

Anonymous
on Jun 17, 2012

Finally seeing some moisture on the Ridge in central Florida.

Anonymous
on Jun 16, 2012

SW MN we are off to a good start with first cutting. Second cutting has decent moisture for the start.

Anonymous
on Jun 16, 2012

Hay fields won't even make grazing in much of NE Wyoming..

Anonymous
on Jun 16, 2012

I have a field that produced a 106 big round bales last year during drought, this year 598. Country still green in southern Oklahoma but could use more rain.

Anonymous
on Jun 16, 2012

Dry with little rain in the forecast.

Anonymous
on Jun 19, 2012

Sounds like central Texas ,our coastal hay is every thin,with very little rain ,grass die off in native pasture leave us with out any coastal to bail ,we will have to graze it and buy the Hay , Waco Texas

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

Here in central Kansas we need rain. 1st cutting okay but second cutting fair to poor. Prairie hay will be short.

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

Looks like 2011 all over again.

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

Cold & windy, slow growth

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

Growing great here in Maine, but the fields are too wet to get on in most places.

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

North central mo needs rain bad. No moisture in the ground

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

We are in South Texas and the southwestern and western parts of the state are muy seco.

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

What a difference from last year in the Texas Panhandle!

Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2012

You need a section worse than "poor"

Anonymous
on Jun 16, 2012

Agreed!!

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