Hay And Forage Nearing The End Of The Season


By Brandon Redmond

Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Most hay and forage producers are nearing the end of the season. Standlee Premium Western Forage has seen pretty good quality with their hay this year.

"We had really good quality all year. We had a few little problems in the middle of the summer, it was so warm we couldn't get any dew to get a nice good bail, but we just waited for it and got it done," said Jason Stanger, Operations Manager at Standlee Premium Western Forage.

Prices started high but have been coming down.

"We are thinking they are going to keep coming down. Don't really know where the bottom is but we're expecting for the rest of this year and for next year for it to be lower than it was in the past," said Stanger.

The quantity of hay on the market and corn prices coming down are the main causes for the decrease in prices.

While most of us needed the rain, it's not exactly what hay and forage producers wanted to see.

"For us, we lucked out. We had a bunch of hay on the ground and the rain was coming and we actually got the last bails off the field before the first storm hit. So it affected us mostly with planting. We're in the middle of planting alfalfa right now and it really slowed that down," Stanger told us.

But some producers weren't so lucky. Many producers dealt with wet and potentially molding hay.