Dry weather in the country's midsection has some folks nervous about prospects for the 2012 hay crop. How are your hay-growing conditions?
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.
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.
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.
North Mississippi, first cutting of hay 50% of normal, we are 12 inches short on rain. No rain in forcast.
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.
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.
North Central Florida better than has been but rain is still much needed. All natural ponds are dry and rivers are at record lows.
South Central Missouri very dry and feeding hay already.
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.
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.
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.
North Central Mn Newer seeding looks good, ready to cut, need sunshine. Have had plenty of moisture.
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.
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
Cold and wet here in Manitoba, Canada. We've had lots of moisture; now we just need some sunshine!
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.
Finally seeing some moisture on the Ridge in central Florida.
SW MN we are off to a good start with first cutting. Second cutting has decent moisture for the start.
Hay fields won't even make grazing in much of NE Wyoming..
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.
Dry with little rain in the forecast.
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
Here in central Kansas we need rain. 1st cutting okay but second cutting fair to poor. Prairie hay will be short.
Looks like 2011 all over again.
Cold & windy, slow growth
Growing great here in Maine, but the fields are too wet to get on in most places.
North central mo needs rain bad. No moisture in the ground
We are in South Texas and the southwestern and western parts of the state are muy seco.
What a difference from last year in the Texas Panhandle!
You need a section worse than "poor"
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