Drought conditions across the U.S. have created a unique situation for Wyoming ranchers. Demand for hay continues to grow, sparking an increase in prices. Monte Lerwick, a rancher and farmer in Albin, says he is seeing a rise in prices, even for low-quality hay, because of the high demand.
"Our hay prices have been really high this year, and we have started to bundle it up into larger bales to send to other places because of the demand," he says. "It doesn't even really matter if it's high quality or not, people just need it because of that drought."
Todd Ballard with USDA's Agricultural Statistics Field Office for Wyoming says it is hard to get exact prices for hay because of differing bale sizes and qualities.
But he added that the price for hay going out of Wyoming has increased significantly over the last year, especially in the last few months.