Kathie, looks like our hay on the west side is going to be pretty late again, like last year. We can't catch a period of dry weather, or warm weather for that matter either. Grass looks short for this time of year. Last year hay around me didn't get baled until very late July, early August, the norm is early July. That late a lot of the seed head is gone and hay is a bit burnt.
Gonzo, it's not uncommon for hay to go for $100 per ton out here, if I can find it for $80 a ton I'm dancing. This is the price for small square bales, but round bales aren't much better priced. We have such a short growing season in the western part of the PNW one cutting is the norm.
The hay Kathie is talking about is top notch hay, I'd lay a bale of eastern Oregon/Washington orchard grass hay next to any grass hay in the country. It may lose, I haven't seen a whole lot of hay from other parts of the country, but it's nutritious, great looking green grass, that will make you do a double take when a truck load goes by.
I'm not afraid of hard work, I can lay down next to it and fall asleep without a problem.