It was a long, one-of-a-kind day for members of the Madison County agriculture sector on Saturday with record breaking hay amounts.

"We had to stop taking in hay because we had no where to put it" said Marty Sewell, Madison County Fair Board director. "It went well."

Saturday at the fairgrounds, it was a busy day as auctioneers and bidders circled around the Embry Hall building -- and outside of it -- to purchase hay, or see how this year's prices fared.

According to Brandon Sears, agent with the Madison County Extension Office, he believes the sales went well also.

"Prices were roughly half of previous years, but a few lots sold strong," he said.

The lesser quality hay sold cheaper, he explained.

Additionally, Sears stated by the end of the day around 2 p.m., deals were made and all the hay cultivated at the fairgrounds had been sold. However, not all of it sold as it was bid in at auction, he said.

This, he added, was a bit of good news for farmers who have seen struggles in past years with a hay shortage and higher prices.

"This is the most we have ever had," he said. "It was a good year for growing hay," Sears told The Register previously.

He explained the hay reprisal was due, in his opinion, to a difference in growing years.

"It's just a difference in growing years when the rains came and the dry spells let us bale hay, actually," he said. "There were a good series of windows where we could get the hay up and get it dry."

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