COLUMBUS, Ga. – Farmers who are needing to stock up on hay for the winter are having a tough time in Harris County.
Due to lack of rain and intense heat this summer, hay production is lagging. Harris County farmers have only been able to stockpile a third of the hay supply now that they’d normally have by this time of year.
In some areas, pastures cannot produce enough grass to feed livestock– much less meet winter demand for hay.
“When they have limited pasture, a lot of times, they have to feed the hay they make during the summertime to sustain their livestock and that limits the quantity they have during the fall and winter,” says Steve Morgan, the Harris County Extension Coordinator in Manchester.
Morgan adds that the problems of Harris County farmers have been compounded by insects popping up in grass fields after recent showers. But more rain is needed in the coming weeks for hay production to increase.