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Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending August 15, 2014

NEBRASKA: Compared to last week, Alfalfa and grass hay sold steady to weak on a light test. Ground and delivered forages sold steady. Dehy pellets in the Northeast part of the state traded steady to 15.00 lower; Platte valley steady. Appears there are a lot of forage products available. Premium hay still is selling for top dollar. While good to marginal hay is selling lower than last year. Rain fell across different areas of the state. Some producers reported alfalfa hay on the ground for 15 days before it was baled. 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 205.00; Good large squares 180.00; Fair large squares 125.00-140.00. Utility to fair large round bales 90.00 delivered. Grass: Good small squares 170.00; Premium large square bales 150.00. Premium large rounds 125.00; Good large rounds 75.00-100.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 280.00-305.00; meal 285.00-305.00. Platte Valley area of Nebraska: Alfalfa: Fair to good large rounds 100.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 130.00, blended alfalfa 110.00- 120.00, Ground and delivered corn stalks 90.00-115.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 285.00; meal 292.00.

IOWA: South Central/North Central IA: Very limited hay movement this week. Scattered rain showers in some reporting areas are making it very hard for producers to put up top quality hay. Some alfalfa in large squares is sold from 1.38-1.45 per RFV point delivered to the buyer. Alfalfa: Good small squares 200.00-240.00 delivered; Premium large squares 220.00. Alfalfa mix large squares 180.00 delivered.



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