MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After a difficult summer, Minnesota farmers are confronting a new challenge as colder weather moves in.
The price of hay has more than tripled in the past six months, fueled by a shortage caused by a drought-plagued autumn and wet spring that diminished yield.
The historic shortage has some agricultural and animal experts concerned that horses could be in for a long winter.
“Farmers and ranchers are having a very difficult time finding feed and when they do they have absolutely sticker shock,” said Krisona Martinson, an equine extension specialist at the University of Minnesota. “I think a number of these farmers are either unprepared to deal with this situation, or they aren’t yet fully aware of how serious it is.”