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Q: HOW HIGH WILL HAY GO?

April 12, 2008 | By KIM S. | 4 answers | Expired: 2403 days ago

HOW HIGH WILL HAY GO?

This has by far been my worst year for finding and obtaining hay.My usual suppliers{5 of them}all kept theirs for themselves.I have had to dish out $4/bale for green 2nd cut 40#.This is twice what i am used to.Have heard horror stories of 8,10 even 14 dollars for same in other areas.What is hay going for where you are?How difficult is it to find?What do you expect for this year?Any ideas for alternatives or stretching the forage?

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Danewillow
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Apr 14, 2008

All crop prices are rising. It is most likely caused by two issues:

1. Farmers are switching to corn to supply the ethanol plants because they're getting a good price for it. This means other crops are not being grown as much and there's a higher demand/less supply.

2. Gas, especially diesel, is expensive. Farmers have to fuel their tractors to harvest the hay. Hay has to be mowed, allowed to dry, raked, and baled requiring 2-3 trips around the field with the tractor (some combine raking and baling). Then, if you're not picking up the hay yourself, you have to pay for the truck to haul your hay.

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Kris
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Apr 14, 2008

In my area, Central PA, we are paying $5 to $5.25 a bale. That is just for normal grass hay.

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Amy
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Amy

Apr 13, 2008

Wow what a question!! The price of hay is going up as fast as the price of gas. 2 years ago, having a traler load of 600 bails was affordable, and way cheaper than local hay. Now there is only a dollar diff. whether i buy in a tralier load or per bail on the island. I hope this doesn't become out of controll. The animals will suffer the most as people will be forced to get rid of there horses due to the expensive hay.

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judy b.
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Apr 13, 2008

Hi Kim. In Pa, the cost of diesel to run a tractor is up to $4.29 a gallon with no end in sight. I don't know if this is the whole reason but I know that this is really impacting alot of farmers.

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