That is a question that I have to admit I struggle with a lot; CRP harvesting when things get dry. There are a lot of hay farmers with hay for sale and I'm not sure they always have the same market protections as grain farmers in the same market conditions.There are more hay bales than pheasants this year. I have never seen this much hay, ever.
KDWPT reported in the KC Star that pheasant numbers are down everywhere but NW.
North Dakota will definitely harvest more birds this year and very likely Iowa.