LAKEVILLE - Experts say there's a shortage of hay in the Midwest, and there’s soon to be a severe lack of it in Indiana. The extremely dry weather is to blame.
Because hay is so scarce, farmers are spending extra money to get what they can, or they're looking for creative ways to feed their animals.
Either way, experts say it all means higher prices at the grocery store.
"It’s a difficult situation, some people are going to be scurrying around looking on the internet," said Bill Niedbalski, owner of September Rainbow Quarter Horses.
Niedbalski and his wife, Carolyn, have owned the stables in Lakeville for 30 years.
Niedbalski's hay supplier keeps him stocked, but it comes at price. It's usually $4-$5 a bale, but now the price has almost doubled.
"We feed them two substantial meals, morning and evening," he said.
They have 17 horses. That means food is in high demand. Usually his horses could get a substantial meal from grazing on the pasture. But the lack of rain isn't providing much food out there. Pretty much everything in sight is parched.