When will Eastern Oregon hay prices be determined for 2012?
Or have they already been? I buy e. oregon hay and my understanding is that last year most of the hay was sold to Texas. That is what drove the prices up. No idea if growers planted more (which sometimes happens), then the supply is plentiful, and prices tend to go down. I last paid $275/T stacked delivered orchard. Couldn't get anymore alfalfa, but I still have 3-5 tons left in each barn, which is lasting forever. I supplemented with some bent grass at $110/T as diet hay or as a filler, and that really extended my hay supply.
Does anyone know anything about 2012 hay prices yet?
Initial hay prices aren't set until the first cutting is on the ground. Farmers don't know how valuable their hay is until it's time to sell it. Last year was a mess of a wet spring damaging 1st cuttings and the increased demand coming from other areas having drought and fire. If we have a normal spring, well have nomal prices until something happen to change demand.