Hay price up; some in Ore. regret planting moves

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Last year, a lot of farmers east of the Cascade Range in Oregon were enticed by high wheat prices and plowed up their hay fields and plant grain.

This year, the Southwest is parched, hay is short nationwide and ranchers desperate to save their herds are calling to buy hay from Central and Eastern Oregon.

That means, the Bend Bulletin (http://bit.ly/qtt0Mu ) reports, farmers who do have hay to sell are enjoying markedly higher prices.

That supply, though, has been limited by a cold, wet spring that's reducing the size of hay cuttings.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com