Forage Focus

Dr Bruce AndersonAudio from Dr. Bruce Anderson-UNL Ext Forage Specialist

Nebraska Hay Summary – Week Ending December 07, 2018

Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Demand was moderate across the state. Quite a lot of talk on the rain and snow mixture within the state. Many producers of cornstalk bales are wondering when it will warm up and clear the snow from the fields so they can bale again. It appears sometime next year could be the earliest for that to happen. Sellers of already baled hay are hoping for an upward trend in the market. Some prospective buyers are running down to a short supply of feed before procuring additional hay. All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska Alfalfa:

Good large rounds 90.00-105.00; Fair large rounds 80.00. Premium small squares 6.50-7.00 per bale. Alfalfa/grass mix: Fair to good large rounds 85.00. Grass Hay: Premium large rounds 100.00-105.00; Good large rounds 85.00-90.00; Fair large rounds 65.00-75.00. Premium small square bales 160.00-170.00. Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00. Soybean stubble bales 50.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 230.00-240.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska Alfalfa:

Good round bales 105.00-115.00. Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-135.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 95.00-110.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 215.00-220.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 200.00.

Western Nebraska Alfalfa:

Premium large squares 170.00-180.00; Good large squares 150.00- 160.00; Good large rounds 130.00-145.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Good to Premium large squares 180.00-200.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 150.00- 155.00.