Hay Hotline Helps

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

Since July 15, Warren County’s experienced around an inch and a half of rain. That's not close to enough precipitation to relieve farmers from this summer-long drought. But it seems as though a bit of relief is on the way, and it's not in the form of rain clouds.

It's another scorcher in July, and there's not a rain cloud in sight.

"We aren't getting any rain, and I'm having to cut my silage early because it's drying up," dairy farmer Danny Barick said.

This summer's drought is something Danny knows about all too well. His corn crop has only experienced three inches of rain since it was planted in mid-April.

"Last year Danny had about twenty tons an acre. He usually has really good corn. This year, it's probably a half to two thirds of that," custom corn chopper, Frankie Pace said.

The number of crops being grown isn't all that's affected, it's also the size. Unless Kentucky is caught in a downpour soon, this is a problem that will affect farmers well into the winter.

"The winter's going to be the hard part, because I won't have enough feed for my milk cows," Barick said.

But there is hope for farmers as far as hay is concerned. In response to the drought, the Dept. of Agriculture is offering a "Hay Hotline" that connects buyers to sellers. It's just a little relief for farmers who have enough to worry about already.

"If I need the hay, I'll try just about anything. It's going to be short, it's going to be expensive, and it's going to be high this year. Everything goes short and the price goes up," Pace explained.

The Hay Hotline was established after 55-percent of the Ky. hay crop was rated "poor" by a crop reporting service. The toll free number is 1-888-567-9589.

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