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South Dakota farmers, ranchers dealing with hay shortage


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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota farmers and ranchers are searching for solutions to deal with the hay shortage.






SDSU Extension agronomy crops field specialist Larry Wagner tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan (http://bit.ly/W5S3KW) that the issues started last summer when pastures started giving out and some people had to start feeding early in the fall.






Wagner says it's like adding a month or two to a winter feeding program.






The USDA says production of all dry hay in 2012 was down 9 percent to 120 million tons -- the lowest production level since 1964. South Dakota produced 4 million tons last year, a 53-percent decrease.






Wagner says it's going to be costly bring in hay from other parts of the country -- as much as $300 per ton for good alfalfa hay.






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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/









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