20% increase and no guarantee of availability – Update from reader
It is hay-cutting season here. I just went down to buy 12 tons of hay. Last year I spent $100 per ton for good grass hay. Today, I was told that they could not even meet the obligation for the 60-ton order ahead of me and so will not take any orders now. I was also told to expect at least $120 per ton when it does come available. A 20% increase and there is no guarantee of availability yet. Could go higher, too and will if no supply. One of the big hay areas for us is a bit south in McCall and the fields are too wet and/or too green to bale.
Was also told that that in parts of California they are not even selling by the ton, but by the bale at $19.25 for a 125# bale. Granted, that story is heresay, but the source is reliable (hay broker) and has no reason to lie to me about it. No idea on how widespread that is.
Thanks for your efforts,
G. L. in Grangeville, Idaho