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Old Man Winter’s job performance is again being called into question, as seasonal precipitation is not improving drought conditions in many important hay-producing regions of the U.S.

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The DewEze BeefCake twin-auger cake feeder

DewEze expanded its ag line with the release of the BeefCake feeder. BeefCake is a twin, 6-inch auger-style feeder that reduces RPMs to prevent wasteful cube damage. The chain-driven feature rotates nearly half the speed of competitive auger-style cake feeders, thus handling cubes and mixed feed equally well.

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It’s that time of year when growers start looking at what fuel prices are going to do for the coming year. And according to Tina Hampton of RE Powell, one of the largest fuel distributors in the Pacific Northwest, prices are expected to be higher this year.

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A new year brings new opportunity, and for those in the forage exports market, that global opportunity looks fairly optimistic.

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Hay marketers had plenty of USDA numbers to contemplate as 2018 got underway. U.S. alfalfa exports continue at a record pace, year-end data showed a smaller 2017 hay harvest, new acres seeded to alfalfa in 2017 were the lowest in a decade, and on-farm hay inventories entering winter were the smallest in years.

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