April 2, 2019
The February average price for both alfalfa and other hay types looked very similar to that of January’s in the USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices report. The average February alfalfa hay price de...

April 2, 2019
Many livestock producers view the practice of grazing alfalfa as a form of Russian roulette. The differences of opinion among this group usually comes down to how many of the chambers they think are o...

March 26, 2019
Albeit delayed, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently posted the U.S. hay export totals for 2018. For exporters, the news wasn’t particularly good, but it could have been much worse.T...

March 19, 2019
Each spring we take a tour around the country to see what’s going on in the world of farm custom rate surveys. These custom rate guides are popular documents in those states that continue to do the...

March 15, 2019
At CY Harvesting, forage harvesting is “fun.” Seven of it’s nine owners include (from left): Nathan Collins, David Beyerl, Loren Molenaar, Jesse Pabst, Sean Collins, Nate Hultgren, and Mat...

March 15, 2019
Sometimes hay gets cut later than we’d like; sometimes hay data gets reported later than we’d like. The latter occurred this year because of an extended wall discussion in our nation’s capital...

March 15, 2019
Flowing through Paducah, Ky., the Ohio River takes a northwest trajectory. It then changes course to the southwest, forming an arch, before meeting up with the Mississippi River...

March 5, 2019
Let’s get beyond the discussion whether storing hay in a barn versus outside on the ground is a paying proposition. It is.Instead, let’s focus on building the right hay barn for your needs. That w...

Feb. 26, 2019
If you’re in the business of selling hay and weren’t hindered too badly by poor weather, then 2018 was a very good year from a price value standpoint. The opposite was true for the hay buyer. For that latter category, it’s likely going to get worse before it gets better. Many dairies are already scrambling to find high-quality hay. According to USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices report, which chronicled December market values, the average price of alfalfa...

Feb. 26, 2019
A wide swath of weather conditions has characterized the winter of 2018 into 2019 in the Northeast and Midwest. Though winter was nearly nonexistent through the first half of January, winter’s fury...