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David Sparks Ph.d Corn and Hay
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: August 07, 2019

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The sound of baling hay in Gem County. A slow spring and a wet first crop has cut into supply and prices are steady now. It's the silage corn crop that’s worrisome.

 

Darren Taber of Donnelly Farms in Shoshone, Idaho: “We had the unfortunate event of a killing frost on the 21st of June. So I had 400 acres of corn that really went backwards. I don't know how that's going to play out.” And nationwide, the corn crop is off last year's numbers. While hay is expected to climb. During precarious economic times, farmers are pulling for each other.

 

“We want everybody needs to make money in this and in agriculture those that did grow hay and corn or sell it to dairymen, we understand everybody has to make a living as long as we can both participate in the profits, you know, finding that happy medium is where we’ve gotta be.

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