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Hay Prices Holding Steady In Montana, For Now

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As most states in the west are experiencing a drought on some level, many people are turning to the treasure state to purchase their hay.

Hay prices across the state are steady, for now, according to the U.S.D.A. weekly Montana Hay Report released Friday.

Montana Farm Bureau's John Youngburg said he's not surprised people from out of state would come to Montana for hay.

"Mother nature is a fickle partner in the agriculture industry," said Youngburg.  "It can be dry in one area and wetter in another area so those in a dry area tend to go into a wetter area and drive up the price."

Lance Chaney is in the middle of his second cutting this year.

He is selling his hay anywhere from $170 to $180 a ton.

Youngburg said that is average for hay this time of year.

Chaney said he hasn't sold any hay out of state this year.

"Not us, but some friends have sold out of state," said Chaney.  "A bunch to Washington and some to Idaho."

Chaney says the price for hay in Gallatin County is not going up because people from out of state are buying it. In fact, it is because of last week's hail storm.

"Our hay crop, we lost by 75% of the second cutting so that hurts pretty bad," said Chaney.

Chaney said he's hoping Mother Nature will allow him to get a third cutting in this year.

"I think it is going to stunt a little bit on the third too that's why we're trying to even clip the stuff it's not really worth cutting just to get to re-grow and hope like heck we get a late fall," said Chaney.  "If we get an early fall to be in trouble."

Chaney said if he doesn't get a third cutting in, he might actually have to buy hay.

Hay Prices In Other Western States

Large square bales of premium alfalfa hay is selling for  $180 a ton in Montana, where in Idaho that sells for $265 a ton.

ABC FOX Montana couldn't find a price for premium hay in Oregon, but the price for large square bales of good alfalfa hay was selling for $168 a ton.

 

 

 

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