Hay Farmers Hurt by Rain

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

It's business as usual for now at Ronnie Hargett's hay farm.

Ronnie Hargett says, "If this weather can stay right and we could have 10 days, two weeks, of some better weather we might get close to getting caught up."

The wet weather has Hargett behind on cutting the hay.

Hargett says, "When you get put behind three or four weeks in a business like that it can cost you to lose a whole cutting throughout the year. Which, in turn, can cause you to lose revenues."

Hargett says he typically has four cuttings per season. He's still working on his first cutting and hasn't yet begun on his second cutting this season.

Hargett grows alfalfa. For him, it's a cash crop because he markets it to out of state horse owners. He says they could go ahead and cut the second crop, but if it rains then all the quality is lost.

Hargett says, "I'd say quality is a big key in the hay business. It certainly has set us back. It's cost us money just through the maturity, and the loss of some of it getting another late cutting this fall. But again, weather will dictate that."

Typically a minimum of three days is needed to get the cutting finished, bale it, and get it in the barn, but wet weather is making that tough to do.

Hargett says, "Last year was an extremely rough year. And I think this year has even surpassed that. I believe it's been worse trying to get hay up."


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