The last two weeks I have been spending a lot of time working on the Phase I tobacco money cost share money in effect now. What I found out is that locating heifers and bulls is very difficult.
There are several factors causing that to happen but the results are still the same and good ones are hard to find.
We have several people qualified for the cost share money that have not spent their money yet. I would encourage those of you who are in that situation to not wait until the last minute but to be actively searching now for those heifers and bulls you need.
There are several cattle sales coming up this late summer and fall and I would refer you to the Cow Country News for those opportunities dates and times.
This weekend I was on the road with family stuff and that gave me the opportunity to look at a lot of crops and hay. I have been watching the National forecast on hay and as a Nation we are at a critical shortage. That is due to drought and additional crops. Locally, we also have a shortage due to last year’s drought which severally hurt our spring hay crop, additional grain crops and in excessive heat and lack of rain. All the spring rain also hurt a lot of our quality. The long and the short of it is, we are going to be short of good hay.
I am afraid a lot of people are not aware of that and need to be making plans accordingly. It is always the same in Agriculture between the haves and have not’s. So, if you need hay buy now, if you have got hay, sit on it because it is going to get higher. Either way it is going to pay to plan.
What I am seeing in corn is pretty serious. Our first stands are generally pretty poor. Since then we have had too much dry hot weather. I am afraid corn yields are going to be pretty low. Chad Lee has some thoughts on that in the article below.
Now is a good time check fields for pollination problems. The high temperatures may have caused problems in some fields. Scouting now will help producers identify some options for this fall (even if the only options left are in marketing).