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Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending February 20, 2015

NEBRASKA: Compared to last week, alfalfa hay in the central part of the state sold steady to 5.00 higher. Hay sales in the rest of the state sold fully steady. Demand has picked up in the last week as cold weather and snow has prevailed requiring livestock owners to feed more hay. Dairy hay traded steady to weak as milk prices have slipped back. All sales are dollars per ton FOB (freight on buyer) in the field, unless otherwise noted. Prices from the most recent reported sales.

Northeast/Central Nebraska: Alfalfa: Premium large rounds of alfalfa 100.00-115.00; Good large rounds 80.00-95.00; Good to premium small square bales 210.00-215.00. Grass hay: Good to Premium large rounds 85.00-100.00. Small squares of grass hay 150.00-160.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets and meal 270.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska: Alfalfa: Premium large rounds 90.00- 100.00; Good large rounds 70.00-80.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 105.00-120.00, blended alfalfa 100.00-105.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 90.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein meal 280.00. Sun- Cured Alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 220.00.

IOWA: South Central/North Central IA: Buyer inquiry was moderate to good this week. Most hay sales are steady with last week. Alfalfa Good large squares 200.00. Alfalfa/Grass mix good large squares bales 180.00. Premium small squares bales alfalfa 240.00-280.00.