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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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So how goes the hay situation?

Def not looking to poke anyone who aint got any, but in one way or another we all been in that situation before be it drought or grasshoppers, I've had both, but curious if anyone is getting any done? Other than clipping thistles in pastures, I haven't turned a wheel.
Been literally raining here every second day for last three weeks, rain came too late for older stands, but really kicked the young stuff into overdrive.

Some of my older stands are for most part basically complete loss, finally turned the cows into the one quarter, not that I needed pasture, got that coming out of my ass, in my lake bottom where they haven't been reed canary is up to four feet high already...but on the old stands, alfalfa foot and half high but grass 6 inches and headed out so not worth running swather over it, even the cows don't go there or want it, they're sticking to a couple sloughs so gonna be some land turning black shortly. Couple of older stands have about half or better of what they should, but are at least worth cutting, least no grasshoppers yet.
Younger stands, wowsers, been a while since I had hay like this, was out today checking and picking a few thin spots known for that bloody chamomile and cockle and boy tough walking thru it. I'm well over 6 feet, alfalfa well past my waist and grass heads to my shoulders. Has grown considerably since it started raining, but strange part is, alfalfa has been holding at 10 to 25% bloom thru the rain, and much sent out new growth that is now above where it had previously started blooming before the rain started. Lots of new stalks coming from the roots as well. Timothy, brome and orchard grass are starting to bloom now too. Not that I am complaining, I'm just hoping to **** we get some decent weather sooner rather than later or its all gonna be one coarse mess. Hate to lose sales, but if it comes to it, guess I'll silage it if it means getting some decent feed and it off the field in time for a decent chance at a second cut, even with all the rain, I got enough drainage no worries of rutting it up with the hydump if I have to take that route.

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Places that are under a pivot have there first cut down and maybe wrapped up. Nobody’s done much around me. Think there hoping this rains will green it up a little.
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Here in southern Minnesota dry hay has been pretty much non existent anything that was baked fit is going for 8-10 dollars for a small square bale. 4x5 rounds of grass hay are 110 dollars plus. Going to be a bad year for buying hay. A lot of alfalfa winter killed
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Havent started yet. Seems like we always start haying around july 1st or when klondike days start. Guess its the latter this year. Hay isnt as good as a guy hopes but the oats sure is liking these cool rainy days.
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Two tough winters in a row and hay is gold here, this crop is going to be super tight too.

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Well I guess I spoke too soon...was out in a pasture, climbed over a fence to take a walk thru an old stand...the little bastards have hatched, took a second look to realize it wasn't mosquitoes flying up from around my feet. Given how wet it has been surprising how many there are, imagine in a day or two be even more. Now I got a choice, go after the new before it gets coarse or the old before the bugs eat what little of it there is...given how many there been here over last few years it could get ugly fast. Least they are only on the old ground.

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I made two trips to the Shelby MT area last week. I was surprised to see super-b flats hauling rounds north past Shelby on I-15. Figure once there past Shelby that ain't unloading in Montana.
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Nothing cut in the Peace yet, too wet and cool. Maybe start end of the week as the forecast looks better but I donít know. Saw my first grasshopper yesterday.
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Hay in our area is going to be similar to yours albertabuck. Old stands meh, newer stands are thick and lush. West and South of us 30 miles each way things get ugly.
Going to be starting when the next high pressure system moves in. Just had a thunderstorm roll through this morning that dropped 3/4 inch which is pretty good timing for the barley and canola but won't do much for the hay though. Never seem to get two cuts here but we might do one field that we want to spray out so I'm thinking cut now and spray before the next cut.
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North of Winnipeg is really bad. We chopped 1st cut a month ago....1 ton of silage per acre. 2nd cut is not looking good....not worth cutting at this point. We chopped 300ac of short wheat on Fri to make up for short supplies. I see bales on Kijiji last night for $150. Hay is going to be extremely expensive this year!

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