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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.
 

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I had figured at above $8/bale but now it looks like yield will be in the toilet so pressure to go higher
 
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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
 
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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
 
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