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Summer hay pricing


Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

With snow still on the ground I received my first inquiry on, "How to charge for standing hay?"

Merv Freeman was an Extension Farm Management Specialist when I first started working for Extension. A formula he often used was, "Hay ground for the entire summer should rent for 125 percent of crop ground." This assumes a good stand.

The follow-up to that was the hay distribution in a three-cut system; 45 percent would be first crop, 30 percent second crop, and 25 percent third crop. As you will notice later in this column, the University of Wisconsin's distribution is slightly different.

To use the 125 percent formula there is also a need to know what crop land is renting for in your area. Because hay is very much a local market, the more livestock in the neighborhood, the better this will work.

Other ways of pricing hay can be found in the Selected Farm Rents, Rates, and Values, which is part of the U of MN Extension Farm Resource Guide 2011.

Hay Field Rent: Cash rent: 25 - 40 percent higher than the average annual cash rental rate in the area. For one cutting of hay a charge of 30 - 40 percent of the annual rent is appropriate. Early cuttings are usually worth more than later cuttings. Share rent: Tenant receives 40 percent of the crop and the landlord 60 percent, provided the landlord is responsible for the crop's establishment and its fertility. If not, the landlord's share should probably be 40 - 50 percent.

I have heard comments that when small square bales are involved, the split on shares should be more like 60-40 with the person doing the labor receiving 60 percent, and the landlord receiving 40 percent.

Another source of information is the University of Wisconsin publication, How to Price Standing Forage can be found at http://ipcm.wisc.edu/Portals/0/Blog/Files/18/526/Pricing-stand-hay-FOF.pdf

Due to the number of people taking more than three cuttings they had a chart showing the approximate yield distribution for three and four cutting systems:

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

With snow still on the ground I received my first inquiry on, "How to charge for standing hay?"

Merv Freeman was an Extension Farm Management Specialist when I first started working for Extension. A formula he often used was, "Hay ground for the entire summer should rent for 125 percent of crop ground." This a .....
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process

Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Flourish summer programs bring ag and culture together

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Fillmore County with a focus on arts in rural spaces, offers two intensive programs that invite participants to explore the arts on a working small-scale farm. Flourish Summe ..... 
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Farm safety day camp a success

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful wea ..... 
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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $2 ..... 
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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

State ..... 
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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their ..... 
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Local team finishes high at National Beef competition

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The beef industry looks large in Minnesota, accounting for more than $2 billion in revenue. Still, the industry faces challenges with less than one percent of the U.S. population claiming farming as an occupation. While the number of farmers ..... 
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Livestock Programs Available

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



FSA administers several programs that provide monetary assistance to livestock producers who are dealing with problems caused by the winter weather. Producers need to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct resul ..... 
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