Monsoon leads to moldy hay

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Many Grand Valley residents are happy that monsoon season has brought some much needed rain to Mesa County. The National Weather Service says we are already well above our average amount of rainfall for September.

Hay farmers are not happy.

Farmers nearing the end of their season and needing to harvest their hay have been unable to do so with all of the wet weather we have had lately.

"This year the monsoon came a little sooner, and it's lasting longer so that in itself could affect the growth of the crop. It could affect harvest, if we wait too long to harvest, grasses will get harder and they're not as palatable by the horses and some of that kind of stuff. it all affects the profit," says Jim Janecek, a Palisade hay farmer.

Relief could be around the corner, though, as the National Weather Service says that monsoon season may come to an end this week. This could give the hay farmers a much needed break with drier weather.

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