Hay Shortage In Ohio

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Friday, May 30, 2003 - 02:52 PM
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Ohio farmers are still feeling the effects from last summer’s drought – they’re running out of hay. Hay stocks in the state are at their lowest level since 1997. That’s forcing some farmers to buy hay in order to feed their livestock and others to buy hay in order to feed their livestock. Ohio farmers reported having only 236,000 tons of hay stocks as of May first. That’s down 57 percent from the 551,000 tons they had at the same time last year and the lowest amount since May 1997, when they had 173,000 tons. Jim Ramey of the Ohio Agriculture Statistics service says Ohio farmers usually get two or three cuttings of hey during a season. But he says the drought limited that to one good cutting for many farmers.

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