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Ag experts say Wisconsin farmers need not worry about a hay shortage

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La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – The supply for hay in Wisconsin is tight, but hay prices remain stable for the demand for quality hay, this is according to The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Ag educators at the UW Extension La Crosse County division report the hay supply in Wisconsin is at 58 percent, and its condition is good to excellent, meaning there isn’t necessarily a hay shortage.

Kaitlyn Lance, the Agriculture Educator for UW Extension La Crosse County, suggests farmers to always have a backup food source for their livestock and become knowledgeable of an alternative food source for their animals during the winter, especially beef producers.

“Alternatives like small grains and some oats are suitable for livestock,” Lance said. “Some of those alternative foods can be planted in late August.”

A UW Division of Extension Beef Cow-Calf Workshop will be held on August 14 at Cashton.  The event will include discussion and tips on production and harvesting for late-planted, fall-seeded small grains and cover crops, winter feeding considerations, and cost of production information will be presented.

Location: From 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Scenic Bluffs Health Center, 238 Front Street, Cashton, WI

Click here to view the most updated hay report.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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