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    07-05-2012, 10:01 PM
No rain equals no hay! What's your situation?

Oh noes! I just got a call two days ago from my hay broker that he will not be able to fill my contract for square bales this year. Not just some of it, all of it! Weather too dry and no second cutting.

Then today I get a call from my other hay broker that sells me round bales, and he won't be able to fill my order for those either! OMG!

So now my friends and I are on the hunt for hay (we all use the same supplier). We found some 175 miles away for $7.00 a bale and I guess we are going Saturday to get what we can. Sucks! Hope he has enough we can at least get two loads each.

So what's your situation looking like for hay this year?
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    07-05-2012, 10:04 PM
Wow that sucks. We're lousy with hay in the northeast, but all the first cut stuff was cut very late since we had such a wet June. I doubt there's much nutrition left in it. Better crappy hay than no hay I suppose.
    07-05-2012, 10:07 PM
Similar but..

No rain = no pasture :(

Back to the dry lot and round bales sooner than later :/
    07-05-2012, 10:09 PM
Where Im at we're pretty hard up too. Not to mention our barn has storage issues- So we can only store hay up to a month. Creating a problem because most suppliers want to ship in bulk. I don't really have too much worry for the rest of summer but Im going to be hurting in winter =(
    07-05-2012, 10:21 PM
Bad, northern IL is starting to look like Texas with the drought we have had. Corn is King here, but the farmers are going to take a bath with the loss of corn crop.

They put even more hay fields into corn so now with this long drought we will have even less of a pretty non existent crop of hay already. We have a bit under a 2 month supply of hay and a couple extra round bales for a group of 7, and we need rain badly. Everyone here is already starting to feed hay since the pastures have all turned into crunchy grass. And then to top it off we are in the triple digits. It was 102 today and for the last 5 days. They think we will have a break on Saturday, down to a whopping 92.

Looks like we will be feeding a lot of pelleted type feed with hay in it. Costly.
    07-05-2012, 10:22 PM
That's a sad situation. I don't know about the 2nd cut yet, so will see. I got my load for 2 sheds and will need approximately the same in Fall. However my supplier sold out everything by Jan last year (it was dry here too). Keep my fingers crossed we'll have enough hay this year! Good luck delivering the bales!
    07-05-2012, 10:25 PM
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Similar... no rain = no hay, and then some.

We normally have a decent supply of hay around here, but last year folks came from/had hay brokers come up from the south and southwest to buy hay by the semi-loads because they needed it so bad. It made for a very difficult hay year and drove the prices crazy high for what actually could be found.

This year we havenít had nearly the rains we need and normally get, so not very good growth at all and the same situation with the brokers coming in already from other areas trying to find and buy hay too.
The prices are already very expensive! Normally hay is cheap right now and tops out in price mid to late winter. We are already at those prices.

My hay supplier is also short because of the weather. Iíve already snapped up everything heís made so far, with a reserve on whatever second cut (if any) can be made, but I will be scrounging, along with thousands of others, for the rest of what I need.
I have a feeling the prices are going to be breaking records here.
    07-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Rarely do we get 2nd cuts up this way, it's all done in July and the hay is fantasic this year, rained most of June, now it's getting hot (high 70's, tolerable). Pastures are growing great.
    07-05-2012, 10:45 PM
I have been on the telephone off and on all day trying to track down hay. Finally found an older farmer here locally who said he could let me have 5 round bales, he's scared to let any more go because he has to feed too. $50 per round bale but I said I'll take it if it's good hay. 5 round bales is a start!
    07-05-2012, 10:45 PM
Thankfully, our supplier is an old friend so we are on the top of his client list. He also has irrigated fields....makes the hay a bit more costly, but he isn't as affected by the drought as others and his hay is always better quality than bales from dry fields. So we're good for the summer, but I don't know about next winter. This last winter was pretty darn lean and he's not going to be able to build his stockpile back up. So, we may end up having to have ours shipped in before next spring.

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