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    03-05-2014, 11:05 AM
Happy Wednesday!
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    03-05-2014, 11:30 AM
So, it seems like there has been quite a bit of rain this winter compared to what is "normal." So does that mean maybe it will rain more throughout the year? I'm obviously hoping so! Also any idea if the rain we have already had will affect hay prices?
    03-05-2014, 11:37 AM
Um, Texas is pretty much perpetually in a drought, lol.
    03-05-2014, 11:56 AM
Rain???? What rain? LOL! Our area is over 5" behind already and we're only into our 3 month of the year. The only moisture we've seen is melting ice. Our winter rye field looks horrible. I'm really hoping things will turn around soon because otherwise hay will be a very hot commodity this year. There are lakes around here that you can literally drive through right now. There is no water in them. It's scary.
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    03-05-2014, 12:19 PM
If we do not get a good soaking rain of multiple inches and soon Hay prices will be very high. Like they were a couple of years ago round bales for 100-150 and square bales for 14-15$. Then we will see people selling horses as cheap as possible .

I am rethinking who and how many to breed this year . Shalom
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    03-05-2014, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Are y'all kidding? It's been pouring that past couple days here. It's actually rained so much that with the cold weather, I think this first cutting will be ruined. ): My hay guy was supposed to be cutting this week. Now I don't know if that's happening or not.
    03-05-2014, 12:39 PM
No rain here in west Texas.

and DB how much are round bales supposed to cost?? My round bale of coastal costs 125! And its supposed to get even higher??? No!
    03-05-2014, 01:20 PM
I have seen them for as little as 50$ and as high as 105. If you go outside the metroplex they are much cheaper.
3 years ago corn and milo stalk round bales were going for 75-90$ I saw coastal going for 175$.
If I were you I would buy as much hay as I could as early as I could and store it.
With grass suffering from the drought everyone will be feeding hay this summer. Next winter there could be a severe shortage. Shalom
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    03-05-2014, 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by Kayella    
Are y'all kidding? It's been pouring that past couple days here. It's actually rained so much that with the cold weather, I think this first cutting will be ruined. ): My hay guy was supposed to be cutting this week. Now I don't know if that's happening or not.
Goes to show ya again how vast and different the numerous corners of TX are.

Hey, I just looked and there's actually some green dots on the radar in the panhandle area heading for DFW! Wonder if it'll hold together?!
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    03-05-2014, 01:52 PM
Oh I thought this was more than the norm...well crap lol. Guess we will stick with our original plan to truck it in from elsewhere then.

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