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

Nebraska Hay Summary – Week Ending March 17, 2017

Compared to last week alfalfa, grass hay, ground and delivered hay and dehy alfalfa pellets sold steady. Moderate to good demand for alfalfa bales and grass hay this week has been prompted by somewhat dry weather in the Midwest. Some hay is getting delivered in to the southern plains at a very, very cheap price or free to producers that have lost everything in the recent fires. Some areas of Nebraska are starting to appear dry while other areas are wet. Some producers are going to pull a pivot or two of row crops out of production and will be planting alfalfa this spring. Some field work has begun with dry fertilizer getting applied. There is still quite a lot of large squares of alfalfa in a variety of quality in storage. All sales are dollars per ton FOB (freight on buyer) in the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska Alfalfa:

Premium large square bales going to dairies at 145.00-155.00 with a couple loads of horse hay 170.00. Good large square bales 110.00- 125.00, fair large square bales 95.00 delivered. Good round bales 65.00- 70.00 and 80.00-95.00 delivered. Premium small squares of alfalfa 150.00. Grass Hay: Good large round bales 60.00-70.00, fair large round bales 40.00-50.00. Premium small square bales of grass hay in central part of the state at 120.00, Eastern part of the state from 150.00-160.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska Alfalfa:

Good round bales 65.00-70.00. Premium small square bales of alfalfa 125.00. Cane in large round bales 60.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 90.00-100.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 75.00-80.00. Ground and delivered soybean stubble 70.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 180.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 165.00.


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