Excellent post Maura.
I'm in an agricultural area, 80% of land in my county is farmland. Hay in a good year is usually about $3 per square. Bumper crop years, even less. This year with the drought it's going for 10 and up. I bought backup hay and at the friend price still paid $9 a bale. It's a case of basic supply and demand.
Would I have loved to find it cheaper, darn right I would. The cost of fuel to go pick up somewhere cheaper would have made it a wash or likely cost more because I would need a semi load to get through winter. If I only had one or two horses it would be a different story.
I think that most of us affected by the drought are simply thankful we could get enough hay period.
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