Hay Crops Looking Up 

Dairy and cattle farmers in central Maine are extremely happy with the weather across the region this summer. Because it has been much drier than last summer, hay crops have been flourishing.Dale Cole, who is a farmer in Sidney is saying that this is one of the best crops he has seen in years.Rick Kersbergen, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County, has indicated that the abundance of rain last year degraded the nutritional value of hay. Not only did that push back the harvest of the crop from May to July last year, it forced farmers to buy expensive grains to feed their cows in supplement to the loss of hay.This year’s crop will cut costs for cash-strapped farmers because they won’t have to supplement their hay with grain.