It’s bound to be a banner year for many Virginia farmers, as a huge increase in harvested winter wheat is expected. The 11 million bushels — which represents a 69 percent increase over 2019 totals — expected to be collected are “based on crop conditions as of June 1.” This is according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. While the final figures could still change, it’s still a massive year-over-year leap. Farmers who frequently buy and sell hay online have learned that AllHay.com is a one-stop shop for unloading excess forage. If the projected yields in Virginia are any indicator, many more farms will be turning to this website in the coming months.
According to ShoreDailyNews.com, those growing winter wheat are likely to harvest 61 bushels per acre. This total, while still impressive, is actually down four bushels per acre from the totals that were called for in May 2020. Across the U.S., forecasts expect a total of 1.27 billion bushels of winter wheat to be grown. All told, the article notes that farmers in Virginia “seeded 260,000 acres last fall with 180,000 acres to be harvested for grain.” What’s more, 63 percent of winter wheat being grown has been rated “good” and 4 percent as “excellent.”
Traditionally, winter wheat is grown as a cover crop and its high gluten content makes it perfect for flour and other baking products. The growing season can take a full year and hardiness is achieved during the cold off-peak months. “During the process of cold acclimation, certain genes within winter wheat begin to initiate the production of ‘anti-freeze’ type substances to protect the cell membranes,” according to AgWeb.com. This is one example of farms planning for the downtime when Mother Nature makes growing impossible.
Winter wheat isn’t the only crop that farmers turn attention to during the cold season. They must also stock bailing hay, alfalfa hay, timothy hay, orchard grass and more. The need to keep farm animals and livestock fed does not stop when the weather gets rough. In fact, demand spikes because harsh temperatures make it impossible for animals to forage on their own. This is where AllHay.com comes in; this website helps bridge a difficult gap even when growth projections are up more than 50 percent.
Farmers who worry about not having a place to unload their excess grain can look to AllHay.com as a place to sell hay online. The demand for quality hay for sale keeps buyers and sellers coming back to the website year after year. Current listings offer bales that have not been treated with fertilizer or herbicides, are organic, are horse-quality mixes and come in a variety of bale sizes. This means farms of all sizes and specialties can find what they are looking for and arrange a purchase from the comfort of their own home.