Hay Production in the Rainy Corn Belt ?

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Hay Production in the Rainy Corn Belt ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:38 pm

Our hay production is OK even if the quality is not so great. I think they will be trucking hay out of here again this winter.

What is happening in the corn belt? Are folks putting annual forages into prevent plant acres?


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Re: Hay Production in the Rainy Corn Belt ?

Post by bball » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:39 pm

Seen a few few fields done with annuals. Seen even more just sitting..Maybe work something into them come late August??
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Re: Hay Production in the Rainy Corn Belt ?

Post by Stickney94 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:12 pm

I'm from central SD originally and help my dad with his land there. We didn't plant an acre of corn and only about 2/3 of soybeans. We opted not to plant any corn because my dad is retired from cattle. But many acres of corn went in late (mid june) for silage or forage. The cattleman I spoke with were actually less concerned about hay/silage feed and more concerned about a shortage of corn stalk bales for feeding rations and bedding since very little corn will be harvested for grain.

I will say I think fears are going to shift. 2 weeks ago I was feeling good about hay production and now I'm looking at the calendar and its really setting in that I'm scary close to only getting 2 hay cuttings if it gets cold in early September.

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