The dry weather continues to be an issue across Minnesota, with corn and soybeans struggling in some parts of the state. The alfalfa crop has become a concern as well.
For the third straight year, the dry weather is impacting the alfalfa crop, which in turn impacts the quality of feed for cattle and dairy cows.
For dairy cows specifically, alfalfa and grass hay are the main source of feed. So far, the quality has been fine but there is growing concern over quantity, especially if it continues to stay this dry.
Low quantity could mean higher prices for alfalfa.
With producers paying more for hay, that could mean consumers, ultimately, pay more for milk and other products at the grocery store. Of course, one good rainfall could change things for the better.