Rains ease the pain for hay producers

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 2:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

WACO -- For rancher Doug Dierksen, producing enough hay for his cattle was a struggle in 2011.

"I cut probably a third of my north coastal patch and I got two round bails off of it. Typically we get two to three bales per acre which would be 120 or so," said Dierksen.

But now that summer has come and gone and we've had ample amounts of rain farmers are feeling more optimistic.

"Not only is the grass, the coastal doing real good right now, the abundance of rain has also made a good grain crop for oats and wheat and some of the farmers rather than harvesting it for grain. Their baling it for hay, and so there will be a lot of hay around," said Dierksen.

"The prospects of getting at least one cutting of hay I would say are exceptionally good," said Gene Hall with the McLennan County Farm Bureau.

For now the price of hay remains high but if the rain continues.

"If we are able to get those three of four cuttings of hay, then the prices will probably moderate somewhat," said Hall.

According to the USDA market news coastal Bermuda costs $9-10 per square bale and $80-85 per round bale.

Alfalfa hay costs $12-15 per square bale.


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