hay http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slow-start-wyoming-growing-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cool, wet spring has Wyoming’s growing season off to a sluggish start.&nbsp; Ken Hamilton with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says some crops—like corn and sugar beets—were planted as much as three weeks later than usual.&nbsp; He says hay production has also been hurt by all the precipitation.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:29:04 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60986 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season Floods could cause hay prices to spike http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/floods-could-cause-hay-prices-spike <p>The floods in Colorado could cause a spike in hay prices, which could be good and bad news for Wyoming ranchers.<br><br>Many Colorado ranchers lost their season’s hay supply in the deluges that swept across the eastern plains.&nbsp; And that means many Colorado ranchers will likely turn to Wyoming hay producers to feed their livestock through the winter, <em>if</em> they have livestock left to feed.<br><br>Brett Moline with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says this might cause the price of hay to rise on the market.<br> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:19:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 47194 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Floods could cause hay prices to spike Hay production improves over last year http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hay-production-improves-over-last-year <p>Wyoming is reporting better hay production numbers than last year, but much of the state is still under-producing.</p><p>Last year, 2012, was one of the worst years for hay in Wyoming’s recent history, due to drought and sustained high temperatures. The news is better this year, with producers predicting a 4%increase in yield, thanks to better rainfall early snows.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:52:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 46162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hay production improves over last year Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forage-field-day-meant-help-new-hay-growers <p>After a harrowing drought and a wet spring, Wyoming’s hay inventory is down and prices are holding steady.<br><br>Still, the forage market is a fickle industry, says Wyoming Business Council Crop and Forage Program Manager Donn Randall. He says hay values are not standardized the way other commodities are.<br><br>“It’s so subjective to the buyer’s preference,” Randall says. “Horse people, they want it green and leafy, and you know, dairy people, they have to have relatively high feed values.”<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:56:32 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 42323 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-induced-hay-shortage-drives-prices <p>The USDA is predicting that this year&rsquo;s hay crop will be the worst in decades because of the drought.</p><p>Platte County Extension Agent Dallas Mount says most Wyoming hay farmers are producing only half as much hay as usual, and some are producing none at all. He says that&rsquo;s driving up prices.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:12:55 +0000 Willow Belden 28626 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices Wyoming facing worst hay crop in decades http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-facing-worst-hay-crop-decades <p>New U.S. Agriculture Department estimates indicate Wyoming is facing one its worst hay harvests in terms of acreage in nearly 80 years.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hay is Wyoming&#39;s biggest cash crop, and it also is the one suffering the most from a lack of rains earlier in the season.<br />&nbsp;<br />USDA crop yield estimates released late last week project Wyoming&#39;s overall hay harvest this year to yield about 925,000 acres of hay.<br />&nbsp;<br />If realized, that would make 2012 the single worst year for Wyoming hay acreage since the Dust Bowl days of 1934.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:55:43 +0000 The Associated Press 28517 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming facing worst hay crop in decades Dry weather could lead to hay shortage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-weather-could-lead-hay-shortage <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service is warning that the warm, dry weather this spring could drive up winter hay prices.</p><p>Wyoming&rsquo;s snowpack is less than 30 percent of average, and Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman says farmers who get their water by diverting streams and rivers will be left high and dry.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be a lot of people who will probably get their first cutting irrigated but won&rsquo;t have any water for their second cutting,&rdquo;<br /> Hackleman said. &ldquo;So there&rsquo;s liable to be a hay shortage again this winter.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 14:41:03 +0000 Willow Belden 24257 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dry weather could lead to hay shortage