Welcome to our Hay Report update!
First cutting is about wrapped up. I hope everyone was able to get out in the fields and pick up their hay needs for the year. It looks like a long, hot summer ahead. This is an update on how our inventory looks at this time and my thoughts on the hay situation.
Round bales: we have about 40% of what we need. Quality is good. June is normally our slow time of the year for hay sales. Current sales would indicate it’s January.
2-String Coastal: 1st cutting was about 60% of normal, quality fair to good. Supply is questionable. We have commitments for 25,000 bales and we currently have some inventory in barn. We are not comfortable with supply at this time. Price will be an issue.
2-String Alfalfa: Normally our supply comes from the Vernon, Texas area. With temps in the 110 degree range since May even the irrigators are having problems growing. New Mexico is burned up as well. We have two truck loads coming in from Arizona next week. Freight again will be an issue. Current inventory is ½ a truck load. We expect this shortage to be a long term issue all year.
3-String Bermuda: California/ Arizona Grown. Supply is tight and freight is adding over $5.00 per bale. Getting trucks is also an issue.
3-String Alfalfa: California /Arizona Grown. Supply is tight with a lot of Alfalfa going to China and the Dairy’s. High fuel cost adds $5.25 per bale for freight. Finding trucks to haul is a big problem as well. At this time we have 3 truck loads in barn.
As dry as it is, we are in the wettest part of the state. Much of our hay is being shipped outside our area and we expect more of this. There was some carry over from last years bumper crop that will help with supply. The prospects for a second cutting look slim at this time. Act now to secure your supply now, it will pay off. Without rain we could be in for a wreck this year.