Badger, Minnesota farmer Shayne Isane is waiting to cut his second hay crop of the year. While the first cutting was high-quality, over five inches of rain since July 1 is creating challenges. Isane says the second crop has potential, but a dry stretch of weather is needed. “Nice green hay without rain is something we always strive for. We generally shoot for 150 or better in the relative feed value index.” The wet and cool weather in the first half of the growing season for most of the Midwest delayed forage production. Isane says this is limiting supplies of high quality, new crop hay. “That is the reason we’ve seen strong prices not only now, but throughout the winter. We expect the good prices to continue as the wet weather continues in parts of Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and Iowa where our hay goes.” Listen to the story.