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post #1 of 69 Old 03-22-2019, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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WOW! Hay prices are through the roof again! (Rant)

Well, I went to our local Tractor Supply today and asked about hay because I heard this rumor that hay prices are at $20 a bale again........and I am sad to report it's true! Tractor Supply (which is actually normally one of the cheapest places to buy hay here) is charging $19.99 for 100lb bales of bermuda hay. Alfalfa is about 75 cents less.

Very depressing!

I always assumed the gas prices drove hay prices up (and I do think that's true) but I was told it's because most of the hay being grown in the southwest is being sold to CHINA! What the hey? Why can't they grow their own hay?

I guess this is just a vent. But man, $20 a bale (100 pound bales, if you are lucky).

Most people don't even have pasture (I don't). So we are feeding hay 365 days a year.

I am actually down to feeding one horse. But I can't believe the hay prices are doing this again. Just a few months ago I was paying $16.50 a bale and a couple years before $13.50. Where does it all end!?

And before you say "buy it from the farmer" I'll beat you to it and say all the hay is trucked in from other parts of the state. Or from Colorado (which is even pricier). There used to be a farmer or two a town over that would occasionally sell some 50 lb bales but they never were much of a discount from the retail stores. So yes, living in Arizona sucks!
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Whoa, that sucks! Hay here is actually so far lower in price than the most recent years! I guess because we didn't have a drought last year and they got 2-3 cuts for the year. I don't think I'll be growing my own hay this year, as perfect as it turned out last year, and my horses are still enjoying it (have about 70ish bales left?). It was a lot of work, and my winter pasture desperately needs a break, which means I have to use one of the pastures I usually use for hay, to graze them.

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What you think is expensive would be nice to see here in Florida...

$10 for a 50 pound bale of Bermuda grass is about average.
$25++ for a bale of alfalfa that is not top quality is a steal here.
Common I see that price and a lot more for really nice alfalfa...

$20 for near 100 pound bales is not bad to me....

Have you considered looking at the bagged hay?
Guaranteed 50 pounds, consistent quality and probably not much different in price but bagged so it stays fresh and not lose its leaves nor get wet if it gets rained on... = no or minimal waste to me.

I think the day of $5 a bale are gone and forgotten...
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That’s because we allowed Saudi Arabia to come to AZ and grow 15 sq miles of irrigated alfalfa to ship back because THEY ran out of water back home. A lot of the other hay gets shipped to China.

And,(this is a BIGGIE for this organic gardener....they are now DESSICATING hay with glyphosate, so that is dries faster.....😩😩😩🤷🏻*♀️😫🤯 How much does THAT raise the price???
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Those prices are insane.
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They do that with others crops that we consume so there are even maturation rates. Not a chemical I want to be exposed to much less eat. As safe as they promoted it they are finding it has long and lasting effects and they aren't good ones. Big Chem/Ag always promoting products that fall out of favor for one use - they promote for another. Can't lose those dollars.



Off my soap box. Hay here is more reasonable. Made even better because I buy rounds. I have had the need for squares now and again. They are expensive but still not at $10 for 50lbs.
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What horselovinguy said. Here in Central Texas, coastal bermuda is $16 for a "50 pound" bale that is really more like 35 pounds, and alfalfa is $20 - $25. And the quality of both is quite poor. At least our grass is starting to grow again. I'm so done with feeding hay. My sympathies go out to those who have to feed hay every day.
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Here, it was wet, and we only got one real cutting last year. It makes me feel better to know it wasn’t just me....we make our own, in my DH’s “spare” time, using really OLD equipment!

Both of my alfalfa hay suppliers (who also do orchard grass) were sold OUT by October. Orchardgrass has gone up to $7. Last year, I was paying that for alfalfa; using it to supplement my late year grass hay.

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That’s because we allowed Saudi Arabia to come to AZ and grow 15 sq miles of irrigated alfalfa to ship back because THEY ran out of water back home. A lot of the other hay gets shipped to China.

And,(this is a BIGGIE for this organic gardener....they are now DESSICATING hay with glyphosate, so that is dries faster.....😩😩😩🤷🏻*♀️😫🤯 How much does THAT raise the price???
No! Ugh... so glad they don't do that here. We do not need more glyphosate in our food chain.
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That's $400/ton. Ooof. That is high. I've only seen prices like that during bad droughts. And one year, about five years ago, it was going from $375 to $500/ton.

Usually it's about $125/ton here for Timothy alfalfa mix or native grass/alfalfa. Which comes out to about $4/bale.
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