Friday, April 16, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Demand and Sales Comments
Steady to stronger prices at the auction this past week for dairy quality hay while lower quality hay has had some downward pressure. April may be impulse buying as hay mows are running short of forage and grass isn’t ready to support livestock. 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 are steady with a limited supply of straw at the auction. Small square bales averaged $4.00 a bale (range of $3.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $34.00 per bale (a range of $20.00 to $56.00). Large round bale straw averaged $33.00 per bale (a range of $30.00 - $35.00).
In Nebraska, hay sales were steady with moderate demand. Phones were busy this week. Field work has begun and crops are being planted.
In Iowa, supply is good, demand is steady, and prices are steady.
In South Dakota, few reported sales this week. Alfalfa hay prices were steady. Demand is moderate for out of state delivery of dairy quality alfalfa with lower demand for other classes of hay. There was a lighter supply of hay this week at the auctions.
In Missouri, prices are steady and demand is light, supply is moderate. Weevils have already showed up in state and some alfalfa is being harvested or sprayed.
In Southwest Minnesota, prices were steady with a supply of lower quality hay at the market.
In Kansas, market prices were steady. Demand is light and delivery is slow this week. Weevils and aphids are being sprayed.
In Wisconsin, prices are steady for dairy quality hay. Lower quality or higher moisture hay is being discounted.