Hay is hard to find in parts of Minnesota and sales activity and prices have continued to be high throughout the state, says Paul Peterson, University of Minnesota extension forage agronomist. "Most of the state has been under good snow cover this winter, which helps reduce winterkill concerns," he adds. "Many parts of the state had good moisture in the fall." However, when soils go into winter fully saturated, alfalfa doesn't harden as well and there also may be heaving problems in clay soils, says Peterson.

Contact him at 612-625-3747.


High demand keeps dairy and beef hay moving in Oklahoma, reports Brandon Drinnon, owner of Drinnon Hay, Taloga. "Prices for dry-cow hay have been around $80-90/ton, while good hay is bringing $125-145/ton," he says. "We have been moving around 25 loads per week at those prices." He sells to feedlots and dairies in New Mexico and buys from western Oklahoma, Kansas and into western Nebraska. He also grows some of the hay he sells. "Last year was a good production year in terms of tonnage, but not great as far as quality early on. The later quality was pretty good," he says. "We haven't had a hard time finding hay, but a lot of the people we deal with are looking at reducing their hay acres this year."

Drinnon is switching to live-bottom trailers to backhaul manure from his New Mexico clients to his area. "There seems to be demand for it (the manure), especially with high fertilizer prices. We plan to take 24 tons of hay out and bring 24 tons of manure back and sell it at a price that at least covers our fuel costs."

Contact Drinnon at 580-328-5635.