Nash: Water Shortages, Input Costs, Making Hay Hard To Find

It’s a story that livestock producers are familiar with up and down the west coast; a widespread hay shortage, or difficulty finding enough quality hay. Todd Nash, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said there are a number of factors impacting Oregon growers; most notably, ongoing drought. “There’s a few isolated areas that have gotten […]

NW Hay Stocks Up Slightly From 2021 Numbers

According to NASS, hay stocks on farms as of May 1st totaled 530,000 tons in Idaho, up 29% from a year ago. May 1st stocks represent 12% of 2021 production. Disappearance from December 1st, 2021 was 1.82 million tons. On-farm hay stocks in Oregon totaled 220,000 tons, down 24% from 2021. May 1st stocks are […]

NASS: Barley, Chickpeas Acres Set To Drop This Year In Idaho

According to NASS farmers across Idaho intend to plant a little more wheat and hay in the year ahead, but in response, producers plan on planting less barley, sugar beets and corn in 2022. The March 31st, NASS report also shows Idaho growers plan to reduce the amount of chickpeas and dry beans planted this […]

Solid 12 Months Expected For NW Hay, Wheat Growers

Day two of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity snapshot series, and we take a look at Hay and Wheat. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said they expect profitable returns for the local hay industry. “High input prices and irrigation water availability will provide headwinds to producers. High hay prices will linger through […]

2022 PNW Planting Acres Mixed

NASS is out with planting numbers across the Pacific Northwest. All wheat acres planted in the region are up 1% year over year. Wheat producers in Idaho, expect to plant 1.27 million acres of wheat this year, up 3% from 2021. Winter wheat acres planted are estimated at 790,000 acres, up 11% from last year. […]

With Input Prices So High, Dairy Producers Need To Look For Quality Forage

Prices for everything needed on the farm is going up, including feed prices, prompting a discussion on realizing the value of forage quality. Mike Brouk of Kansas State University says forages comprise of roughly 50% of the diet of a diary cow. “They also represent the greatest amount of variability as compared to our concentrates […]

Proper Forage Storage Key To Help The Bottom Line

While the invention of the round bale has made livestock feeders’ lives much easier, round bales can also translate into more waste when not stored or fed properly. During times like these, when hay is so expensive, proper hay practices are critical to help minimize costs. Livestock specialist Marty New, has several do’s and don’ts […]

Eddie: 2022 Will Be A Challenging Year For Hay Growers

The year ahead looks to be a challenging one for Washington hay growers. Andrew Eddie, president of the Washington state Hay Growers Association, said the price of shipping containers remains at an all-time high. Making exporting hay more challenging. “So, their turnaround time for those containers instead of putting forage products on them and shipping […]

Small Family Farms Produce Majority of Poultry, Eggs, Hay

According to ERS, most values of cotton, dairy and specialty crops produced in 2020 took place on large-scale family farms. USDA defines a family farm as one in which the principal operator and related family own the majority of the assets used in the operation. Large-scale family farms have an annual gross cash farm income […]

Perry Expect Profits For Hay, Wheat Growers

As we wrap up the first half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, wheat and hay take center stage. Bill Perry, Executive Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services  said their 12-month outlook calls for profitable returns for area wheat producers. “High prices, crop insurance payments and government programs cushioned potential […]