Hot, drought conditions this summer have led to a hay shortage, and that will drive up grocery prices and bring added expense for ranchers in northern Michigan.
Hay Prices Skyrocketing
Jerry Lindquist, crops educator for Michigan State, says hay for cattle, sheep and horses is unusually high. Typically, hay goes for $80 to $150 dollars per ton. This year, he says, it's going for “$300 or $350, it’s almost as if the sky is the limit.” Lindquist continues, “We keep on hearing of a new price.”
Typically, in dry years hay can be found in neighboring states, but this year’s drought has been widespread. And Lindquist says he’s heard of people going as far west as Idaho to buy hay.
Grocery bills are expected to also rise due to hay and corn shortages.