Rejoice! Baraula Orchardgrass seed is a steal this year compared to last year.
In my post, “2009 New Hay Seeding,” I detail how I planted a field to Baraula Orchardgrass and Alfalfa. I didn’t plant any Baraula in 2009 because I was waiting to evaluate the quality and yield. It was outstanding and I wrote about it in my post, “2009 Hay and Forage Summary.”
When I received the 2010 Welter seed catalog I immediately flipped to Baraula Orchardgrass and was happily surprised by the price of $122 for a 50 lb. bag. Last year the price was $200.
I emailed Welter’s and asked why. They said there is a much better supply this year.
The “law of supply and demand” works. But it’s important to remember it may be supply and/or demand affecting the price. I assumed the demand for Baraula must have been through the roof. Looking back now I see all the Orchardgrasses were higher priced. The seed companies must have had a poor yielding year. So the price was affected more by supply than demand.
I realize I need to do what’s right for my farm. I’m glad I tried some other species of grass last year as I look forward to evaluating them.
As for this year’s new seeding I’m going to plant all 59 acres to K500 Alfalfa, Climax Timothy, and Baraula Orchardgrass.