Hay Prices Continue to Rise

Drought Forces Livestock Producers to Make Hard Decisions for Winter

 

By Russ Quinn, DTN/Progressive Farmer 

9/16/2022

 

OMAHA (DTN) -- For Casey Cooksley, who farms and raises cattle near Broken Bow, Nebraska, the impact of heat and dryness on forage this summer is evident around him.

 

He knows people in his area of central Nebraska who have half the forage production of last year because of drought. In his own operation, some of his alfalfa is irrigated, but even then, less production is expected with the extremely dry conditions.

 

Cooksley and other cattle producers are making some tough decisions since depending on their cow herd size, some producers might not have enough hay. Cooksley said many cattle producers will use alternative sources for protein this winter. Many chopped silage early just to get something of value out of their drought-damaged crop.

 

"A lot of what was chopped for silage didn't have much for corn in it, as it was dryland and burning up fairly quickly in the 100-degree temperatures," Cooksley told DTN.

 

EXTREMELY DRY GROWING SEASON ...

 

HIGHER HAY PRICES ...

 

LIMITED HAY PRODUCTION ...

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HAY MARKET CHANGING

 

CULLING COW CONSIDERATIONS ...

 

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