Low Hay Crop Yield

FAIRBANKS, Alaska- The hot and dry summer reduced the yield of hay crops around the interior and the Matanuska valley. Officials at UAF's Cooperative Extension say farmers grew less than one– half their normal harvest. They expect hay costs will increase this season because the crops in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, and Palmer are Alaska's largest hay– growing regions. The Department of Agriculture will allow some farmers to use grass from the Conservation Reserve Program lands near Delta Junction, but others may have to import hay from outside Alaska.