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Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending September 18, 2014

NEBRASKA: Compared to last week, baled hay sold steady on a light test. Dehy pellets in Northeast part of the state sold steady to 5.00 lower. Ground and delivered hay sold steady. A lot of buyers and sellers are watching the hay market to see what direction is might go. If Nebraska continues to be wet and cold it will be hard to bale cornstalks this fall and feedlots might increase their demand for alfalfa and grass hay!? There are a lot of scenarios all contacts bring up during conversation. Light to moderate rain across most of the state this week has stopped hay production this week. Hopefully sun shine will come with next week’s weather forecast. Silage choppers have been very busy across most of the state especially on hailed corn fields. All sales are dollars per ton FOB (freight on buyer) stack in medium to large square bales and rounds, unless otherwise noted. Prices from the most recent reported sales.

Northeast/Central Nebraska: Alfalfa: Premium large squares 200.00-205.00. Good large squares 180.00. Fair large squares 125.00-160.00. Grass: Premium large round bales 95.00-120.00. Good large rounds 75.00-100.00. Oat hay: Large round bales 90.00. Straw: Large square bales 70.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 270.00-295.00; meal 275.00- 295.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska: Alfalfa: Fair to good large rounds 80.00- 100.00. Oat hay large rounds 75.00 delivered. Ground and delivered alfalfa 120.00-130.00, blended alfalfa 110.00-115.00.

IOWA: South Central/North Central IA: Very limited hay movement this week. Some producers have a lot of hay to put up this fall. Some areas of the state have had up to 25” of rain in the last 30 days. There is very good demand for high testing hay which is very scarce in most reporting areas. Alfalfa: Good small squares 200.00-240.00 delivered; Premium large squares 220.00.