Extension Notes: Hay growers reporting reduction in tonnage

The hay harvest is progressing really nicely and it is about two to three weeks early this year. Reported yields have varied depending on location but most growers are reporting a reduction in tonnage produced per acre.

Pasture and rangeland grasses are drying up earlier than normal which will reduce the quality of the forage available for grazing. The quantity of forage is also lower this year. Cattle producers will probably have to start supplementing with protein supplements at least and may have to feed hay earlier this fall than in normal years due to the dry conditions.

— Jim Church, University of Idaho Extension Agent, Idaho County, jchurch@uidaho.edu

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