Hay & Forage Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
8,710 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Traveled across SD a few times this winter.There is no hay to be seen.Typicaly there is a lot of hay year around because ranchers save up for a dry yr so they don’t have to buy hay.Here a lot of hay moves east to dairies in Wisconsin.Now you see quite a few loads going west.

Going to be a higher demand year with people already asking to book hay for the year.3 in the last week!Not really normal,they just expect me to have it,lol.

I booked it but havent set a price yet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
615 Posts
Enough hay at hays sales here in Wisconsin. Price was just ok. I had heard about some semi loads being shipped west but trucking was costing as much as the hay. Spring is about 3 weeks late and the forecast doesn't sound great. Not sure how this year is going to go with input costs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
We are short on rain, had a hard late spring, and are not looking very good with the minimal fertilizer I've seen being spread this spring. Everyone was scrambling trying to get enough hay to get to grass with cattle in East TN, South West Va, and Western NC. Just as swmnhay said I have had customers calling to book the last 2 weeks and I usually have to hunt them up after 1st cutting.
 

·
Gourmet Horse Hay Producer
Joined
·
3,226 Posts
Cold and dry here in the valley of Va. hay is mostly short and hasn’t tillered well. Not a lot of fertilizer applied. Paddocks are barely keeping up with grazing so we will likely have to supplement summer grazing with hay which we haven’t had to do for the last 3-4 years. Looking rough at this point.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,509 Posts
I had an customer call wanting me to let him know ASAP when we cut. He even offered to help...

This will be an interesting year. Not quite sure what to charge - yet
 

·
Gourmet Horse Hay Producer
Joined
·
3,226 Posts
I had figured at above $8/bale but now it looks like yield will be in the toilet so pressure to go higher
 
  • Like
Reactions: VA Haymaker

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,454 Posts
I’ll be at $7 this year. I don’t need to see what other people are charging; I’m not paying their bill or making their income, I’m paying mine.

I’m one of the last guys in my area doing squares and custom work. I was doing 40 acres in small squares and a distant neighbor has begged and begged me to do their 13 acres for them as their custom operator is not doing it this year, only they never informed them that they were not doing it. So sounds like my 40 acres has just become 53.

I work a 45 hr week at my day job so I do want a life.
 

·
Gourmet Horse Hay Producer
Joined
·
3,226 Posts
I’ll be at $7 this year. I don’t need to see what other people are charging; I’m not paying their bill or making their income, I’m paying mine.

I’m one of the last guys in my area doing squares and custom work. I was doing 40 acres in small squares and a distant neighbor has begged and begged me to do their 13 acres for them as their custom operator is not doing it this year, only they never informed them that they were not doing it. So sounds like my 40 acres has just become 53.

I work a 45 hr week at my day job so I do want a life.
Same conditions here Hayjosh. Not many doing sm sqs. buddy of mine doing a field I ran for 15 years said he got 8 4 cos off a 7 ac field I used to get 35-42 rolls off of. He couldn’t afford fertilizer this year. No fertilizer and cold weather are going to result in significantly lower yields here
 
  • Like
Reactions: Hayjosh

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
8,710 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Frost damage has really showed up now that we had some warm weather.I have one old field that is about 75% damaged.Both alfalfa and Orchardgrass died.
Fortunatly the rest faired pretty well,has a few low spots that have damage.Under 5%.

Thinking about inter seeding some teff gras after taking first cutting off the bad field
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,514 Posts
I just sold my poor crop of Coastal Bermuda for $10 per sq bale. 15 acres made 406 bales It was fert/limed/weed sprayed. I need some rain 7.41'' since Jan 1
 

·
Gourmet Horse Hay Producer
Joined
·
3,226 Posts
I just sold my poor crop of Coastal Bermuda for $10 per sq bale. 15 acres made 406 bales It was fert/limed/weed sprayed. I need some rain 7.41'' since Jan 1
Ouch
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,514 Posts
Only a fine mist.
It gets worse 10 adjoining acres on North side of concrete driveway that's difficult to access with a trailer made nine 4X5.5 rd bales. If those rd bales sold for a $100 per bale with no hay harvesting charges added in I loose -$650 over cost of fert/weed spray/lime. I'm going to store my rd bales until the coming Winter to determine if hay prices increase. Bright side is I pay my neighbor no lease & he wants tax ag exemption on his fields.

I need to perform the "Old Aggie Solution" & lease more hay fields
 

·
Senior Member
Joined
·
5,882 Posts
Inventory from last year is high, people selling 4x5 bales for 30$ a bale in some cases. We are getting 65$ for a soft core 4x5 with local delivery (6 miles away) included. Warned them I can't hold that price next year with my fertilizer and fuel costs. We are discussing pulling 10-80 acres out of hay.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top