Farmers in our region have stored a record low amount of hay this year.
In New York, hay stocks stood at 150,000 tons at the beginning of the month, down from 327,000 tons a year ago.
Agriculture officials also say Vermont reported record-low stocks of hay, along with farmers in five other states.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture blames last year's drought for cutting into hay production, and some farmers had to feed their animals earlier than usual, which also cut into the supply.
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