By Gail Ellis, Stillwater, OK — The drought has made it difficult for ranchers to stockpile hay for the winter season ahead. Hay yields are much lower in 2022 than they were last year, and in areas of the state with the worst drought, hay season is non-existent. “Producers don’t have anything to bale up,” said Gary Strickland, Jackson County Oklahoma State University Extension director and agriculture educator. “They may have gotten one cutting of alfalfa, and maybe a second if it was under irrigation.” In the dryland fields of the southwest region, summer forages, such as sudan grasses and…

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