The A9 was partially closed today outside Brora after six straw bales fell off a lorry and blocked the road.
A leading producer of hay and haylage has warned of shortages this season.
A fire investigation was launched at an Aberdeenshire horse breeder yesterday after a barn fire re-ignited, destroying hundreds of bales of hay.
Fire chiefs last night defended the transfer of control rooms to Dundee - but admitted they were "rectifying" a number of systems and procedures following December's controversial shutdowns in Inverness and Aberdeen.
This video shows the moment that several gigantic hay bales fell off the back of a lorry and collided into a high street pub - and when the lorry driver carried on.