Forage Focus

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Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending October 31, 2014

NEBRASKA: Compared to last week, all reported forage products sold steady. Ground and delivered hay starting to pick up as feedlots are filling pens with calves and yearlings. Demand on dehy and dairy hay was moderate with light demand on all other products. Many cattlemen continue to graze summer pastures or cornstalks right now have haven’t had the need for any hay products. Quite a few cornstalk bales are getting put up. 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 210.00-220.00. Good large rounds 85.00-90.00. Grass: Good large rounds 80.00-90.00, few delivered at 110.00-125. Small squares of grass hay 160.00. Cornstalk bales few sales 45.00-50.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 270.00-290.00; meal 275.00-290.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska: Alfalfa: Good large rounds 80.00-90.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 110.00-120.00, blended alfalfa 105.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein 250.00; meal 257.00.

IOWA: South Central/North Central IA: Many producers are finishing fourth cutting and are busy with corn harvest. Demand is good for dairy hay with light demand on all other types of hay.

Alfalfa: Good small squares 200.00-240.00 delivered. Fair large squares 150.00. Grass: Good large rounds 100.00.