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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest

Demand and Sales Comments 

Cold temperatures have set in the Midwest the past couple of weeks; this had an impact on the hay market. Cold temperatures the past couple of weeks pushed cattlemen to purchase forages to supplement livestock. The hay market remains steady this week. If you need forage or have forage to sell or straw, connect to the Farmer-to-Farmer webpage at http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu/. You may contact your local county agriculture educator if you need help placing an ad. There is no charge for the service.

Straw prices are for oat, barley, or wheat straw. Straw prices remain steady with limited supply at the market. Small square bales averaged $3.85 a bale (range of $3.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $42.00 per bale (a range of $20.00 to $75.00). Large round bale straw averaged $32.00 per bale (a range of $15.00 - $43.00). 

In Nebraska, hay sales were steady with good demand, alfalfa prices were $10.00 higher at western sales. Snow and artic temperatures had many cattlemen supplementing livestock to stay warm in the harsh weather. In Iowa, supply is good, demand is steady, and prices are steady. 

In South Dakota, alfalfa and grass hay prices are steady with few reported sales with the bitter weather. Demand was moderate for hay. 

In Missouri, supply is moderate, demand is moderate and prices remain steady. A lot of hay got fed this past week to provide feed for cows and a place to lay down in the bitter cold. 

In Southwest Minnesota, prices were steady with a supply of lower quality hay at the market. 

In Kansas, market prices were steady for all classes of hay. Greatest demand is for dairy quality alfalfa. 

In Wisconsin, prices are steady for dairy quality hay. Lower quality or higher moisture hay is being discounted.




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