Idaho – Hay price jump and short supply

20% increase and no guarantee of availability – Update from reader


Hi Robert,

It is hay-cutting season here. I just went down to buy 12 tons of hay. Last year I spent $100 per ton for good grass hay. Today, I was told that they could not even meet the obligation for the 60-ton order ahead of me and so will not take any orders now. I was also told to expect at least $120 per ton when it does come available. A 20% increase and there is no guarantee of availability yet. Could go higher, too and will if no supply. One of the big hay areas for us is a bit south in McCall and the fields are too wet and/or too green to bale.

Was also told that that in parts of California they are not even selling by the ton, but by the bale at $19.25 for a 125# bale. Granted, that story is heresay, but the source is reliable (hay broker) and has no reason to lie to me about it. No idea on how widespread that is.

Thanks for your efforts,

G. L. in Grangeville, Idaho

7 thoughts on “Idaho – Hay price jump and short supply”

  1. Sorry to hear all this. It is getting tough as we head into a 22 trillion dollar debt and also food shortages in the very near future. It is not something one would wish for. (here or elsewhere)

    Maybe it was stupidity on our part – many of us were aware of it but did not prepare for it. I do hope we can survive all this and God help us all.

  2. 2016,2017,2018 large amounts of stored hay destroyed in wildfires.This year floods and wet weather ruined a large portion of the hay crop.If hay is rained on a couple times after it’s cut and before it is baled the poor quality makes it unfit for dairy cows or horses.

  3. same issues in aus but from drought
    large bales square are near a ton and were 150 for besthayclover last yr
    same are now fetching close to 400 in some areas
    round bales around 500kg or less are 300 in sth aus and 180 here
    older 2yr stored not so nutritious can be cheaper but the animals dont gain much bar a full tummy from it.
    grasses growing well around here but the crops? not so good. Im not seeing much winter wheat or oats at all
    not sure what the chaps are planning to do legumes wont do well until later in spring IF its not a loong cold one like last yrs was. if I didnt have 2 horses agisted Id be planting a heavy pasture crop like Teff for haycutting for max profit.

  4. As livestock producers, we are under full blown attack from warmists and vegan cultists. Yet grass oriented production of cattle and sheep can be the most environmentally sound type of agriculture.

  5. Been running up and down Interstate 5 frequently last several months (northern California).
    Seems like every fifth vehicle is transporting hay.
    (Slight exaggeration, but only slight).

    In addition, it seems like a great deal of irrigation across grass fields is taking place.

  6. If I were a farmer in the Great Plains-and maybe elsewhere-I would do whatever I could to plant at least part of my acreage in prairie grasses and start a herd of bison.

    Both are quite tough and apparently thrived through the Little Ice Age.

    And buffalo meat is quite good.

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