Mother Nature has not been kind to hay producers in eastern Nebraska this summer. Cooler than normal temperatures and cloudy days have made drying hay a large challenge.
Proper drying of hay, especially alfalfa, can ensure the feeding value of the hay, which leads to more profits for producers and more benefits for the animals eating the hay.
Oakland, Neb., alfalfa producer Ron Keogh decided to take a different approach to drying hay this year.
The purchase of a hay dryer from a farm sale in western Iowa already has proven to be a great investment. The set-up, which originally cost over $200,000, was purchased by Keogh for $12,000.
"We took advantage of someone else's misfortune and were very fortunate to purchase this system at the price we did," he said. "We think it is definitely paying for itself."