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Demand light in some areas, prices remain steady in others

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, hay sales trended fully steady. Pellet sales were fully steady with light to moderate demand and trade activity. Trade activity is slowing, according to the USDA-Market News Service, Feb. 6. Prices given on a per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.

Northeast: Premium alfalfa, $200. Good/premium grass, in small squares, $115-$120; premium, in rounds, $140; good, $85. Ground and delivered to feedlots, $115-$120. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $220-$225.

Platte Valley: Premium alfalfa, $200; good alfalfa, in rounds, $75-$80, ground and delivered to feedlots, $120-$125. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $220-$225.

East River area of South Dakota: Supreme alfalfa, in large squares:, RFV greater than 185+, load, $200; premium, in large squares, RFV greater than 170-185, loads, $180; good, in large squares, RFV greater than 150, loads, $160. Grinding quality, in large squares, $65, in large rounds, $65. Straw, in large squares, $80. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $182; 15% $170.

In Iowa, all classes mostly steady.

Rock Valley: Premium alfalfa, in large squares, 9 loads, $117.50; good, $80-$97.50, load $102.50; good, in large rounds, 15 loads, $80-$97.50, load 102.50; fair 62.50. Good mixed alfalfa-grass, in large squares, 1 load, $110, in large rounds, 4 loads, $82.50-$92.50. Good grass, in small squares, 2 loads, $80-$100, in large squares, 6 loads, $80-$85; fair, $70-$75, Utility, $50. Premium, in large rounds, 19 loads, $115, good, $80-$90; fair, $70-$77.50, Utility, $57.50-$62.50. Bedding, in small squares, 4 loads: 2 loads, $2.75/bale, 1 load $1.50/bale, 1 load $67.50, in large squares, 3 loads, $21-$25/bale, in large rounds, 1 load, $65. Cornstalks, in large rounds, 1 load, $52.50.

In Minnesota, all classes sold steady to weak on a large supply.

Premium alfalfa, in small squares, 2 loads, $117.50-$127.50, in large squares, 8 loads, $117.50-$125, in large rounds, 22 loads, $110; good, $90-$105; good, $85-$105; fair, $65-$82.50. Good mixed alfalfa-grass, in small squares, 1 load, $85; premium, in large rounds, 10 loads, $110-$117.50; good, $87.50-$102.50; fair, $65-$80. Good grass, in small squares, 9 loads, $87.50-$105, in large squares, 1 load, $97.50; fair, $72.50-$80. Premium, in large rounds, 34 loads, $112; good, $75-$85, fair, $50-$70, Utility, $35-$45. Bedding, in small squares, 9 loads, $2-$2.60/bale, in large squares, 1 load, $19/bale, in large rounds, 6 loads, $16-$30/bale. Cornstalks, in large rounds, 5 loads, $15-$21/bale.

In Montana, hay prices remain steady. Demand good with good buyers inquiry. Trade activity light to moderate with moderate movement.

Supreme alfalfa, $165-$190; premium, $125-$130; good, $115-$120. Good grass, $80-$90. Straw, $45-$50.

In Wyoming, western Nebraska, and western South Dakota, hay trade and movement slow. Demand moderate to good. Prices mostly steady to weak.

Eastern Wyoming: Supreme alfalfa, $180; good/premium, $120-$160; fair/good, $100-$125; fair, in large rounds, $95-$100; Utility, $85; ground and delivered, $121-$126. Alfalfa-grass for horses, in small squares, $6.50/bale. Oat hay, $90. Wheat straw, $60. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $190 delivered wholesale.

Central/western Wyoming: Supreme alfalfa, far west Wyoming, $170-$175; premium, $140-$150, in small squares, $145-$175; good, $120-$140; fair, $98-$110; Utility, $85. Fair/good alfalfa-grass, $105-$115. Mixed grass, $100-$120. Oat hay, $75-$85. Alfalfa cubes, $135-$140.

Western Nebraska: Supreme alfalfa, $150-$180; premium, $135-$145, in small squares, $140; good, $110-$130; fair, $95-$110; Utility, $90; ground and delivered, $120-$130. Wheat straw, $50-$55. Corn stalks, $50-$55.

Western South Dakota: Premium alfalfa, for dairy 1 per point delivered; premium, $85-$120; good, in large rounds, $70-$90; fair, $50-$65. Alfalfa-grass, 3x3 premium, $100-$120; good, $70-$80. Grass, $65. Oat hay, $75. Barley hay, $70. Crested wheat grass, $65-$72.50. Wheat straw, in large rounds, $26/bale.

In Colorado, demand was moderate for alfalfa qualities, good for all other classes.

Northeast: Supreme alfalfa, in large squares, $190-$200 delivered; premium, in large squares, $160-$180 delivered, in small squares, $250-$275. Good, in large squares, $150-$160 delivered, in small squares, $185-$200; fair, in large squares, $127 delivered. Utility/fair, in large squares, $110-$115 delivered. Utility, in large squares, $100-$110 delivered. Premium alfalfa-grass mix, in small squares, $250-$275. Premium grass, in large squares, $160-$170, in small squares, $250-$290; good, in large squares, $150-$160; fair/good, in large squares, $140-$150 delivered. Haylage, $135 delivered. Straw, $70, $75-$80 delivered. Oat hay, in large squares, $115-$125. Cornstalks, $65 delivered. Millet, $100.

Southeast: Premium/supreme alfalfa, in large squares, $190-$200; premium, $185-$190; good, in large squares, $160-$175, in small squares, $170; fair, in large squares, $165. Utility, in large squares, $120-$130, $140-$150 delivered. Ground and delivered, $195. Premium grass, in small squares, $200. Straw, in large squares, $60, $70 delivered. Oat hay, in large squares, $125 delivered. Sorghum, in large squares, $100. Haygrazer, in large squares, $100. Cornstalks, $55-$65.

San Luis Valley: Supreme alfalfa, in large squares, $190-$200; premium, in large squares, $170-$180; good, in large squares, $170-$175; fair, in large squares, $160-$170. Premium alfalfa-grass mix, in large squares, $175-$180; good, in large squares, $150-$165, in small squares, $175-$187. Premium grass, in large squares, $165, horse hay, $180; good, in large squares, $135. Oat hay, in large squares, $125, in small squares, $135. Straw, in large squares, $50.

Southwest: Supreme alfalfa, in large squares, $200, in small squares, $255-$290; premium, in large squares, $180-$190, in small squares, $290; good, in large squares, $170-$185, in small squares, $215-$220; fair/good, in large squares, $140-$150; Utility, in large squares, $120. Premium alfalfa-grass mix, in large squares, $165, in rounds, $230. Premium grass, in small squares, $230-$260; good, in small squares, $210. Straw, certified, $160.

Mountains/northwest: Premium grass, in large squares, $150-$160, horse hay, $170, in small squares, $200-$240, in rounds, $140-$150; good, in large squares, $130-$140, in small squares, $165-$200, in rounds, $125; fair, in large squares, $120-$130, in small squares, $150-$175. Utility, in large squares, $100-$105, in rounds, $90-$110.

In Missouri, the hay supply is moderate to heavy, demand light and prices steady.

Supreme alfalfa, RFV greater than 185, $170-$215; premium alfalfa, RFV 170-180, $150-$175; fair/good alfalfa, RFV 130-170, in large rounds, $90-$150, in small and large squares, $100-$160. Good mixed alfalfa-grass, in small squares, $3.50-$6.50/bale, in large rounds, $35-$80/bale. Good/premium prairie hay, mostly in small squares, $80-$125. Fair/good prairie hay, mostly in large rounds, $40-$75. Good/premium brome, $90-$150; good brome, $60-$120. Fair brome, some mixed with grass, in large rounds, $30-$50/bale. Good/premium mixed grass hay, $80-$150; good mixed grass hay, $50-$100; fair/good mixed grass hay, in large rounds, $25-$50/bale. Fair/good bluestem, in large rounds, $40/bale. Fair/good bermuda grass, in large rounds, $50-$65/bale, $70-$100. Good quality timothy hay, in small squares, $3.50-$5/bale. Wheat hay, $50-$70; wheat straw, in small squares, $2.50-$4/bale.

In Oklahoma, alfalfa hay prices are steady and movement is slow to moderate. Grass hay movement is slow to moderate and prices are steady.

Central/western: Premium alfalfa, in large squares and large rounds, $165-$185, in small squares, $175-$195; good, in large squares, $130-$150, in small squares, $140-$160, in large rounds, $125-$145; fair, in large squares, $105-$125; fair, in large rounds, $100-$120. Wheat hay, in large rounds, $75-$85.

Panhandle/western feedlot area: Good grinding alfalfa, edge of the field or bale pile, spot, $120-$150. Ground and delivered to feedlots, short haul, $140-$170.

Central/eastern: Premium grass hay, in large squares, $60-$80, in small squares, $70-$90, in large rounds, $60-$80; good, in small squares, $60-$80, in large rounds, $50-$70; fair, $40-$60.

In Texas, drought conditions in many areas have depleted hay stocks as supplemental feeding has occurred all winter even on wheat, oats, and rye pastures, keeping prices steady in those areas.

Panhandle: Premium/supreme alfalfa, in small squares, delivered, $250-$300, $8-$10/bale; good/premium, $200-$250, $7-$8/bale, in large squares, delivered, $200-$250, instances to $265; good/premium, $190-$200; fair/good, $160-$190. Ground and delivered, north, $175-$185; south, $180-$190. Milo hay, ground and delivered, $100. Good wheat hay, in large rounds, delivered, $120-$140; poor quality $100. Sorghum hay, in large rounds, delivered, $100-$110. Prairie grass hay, delivered, in large rounds, $140. Haygrazer, delivered, in large rounds, $125-$135.

West: Premium/supreme alfalfa, in small squares, FOB, $240-$300, $8-$10/bale, in large squares, delivered, $225-$250; good/premium, $200-$240; $7-$8/bale; good/premium, $190-$225; good, $160-$190.

North/central/east: Premium/supreme alfalfa, in small squares, delivered, $250-$300, $8-$10/bale; good/premium, $7-$8/bale. FOB good/premium, $5-$7/bale in the barn; premium/supreme, in large squares, delivered, $200-$250, instances to $265; good/premium, $190-$200. Coastal bermuda, in small squares: FOB, good/premium, $6-$7.50/bale; fair, $5-$6/bale. Premium, in large rounds, FOB, $70-$80; good, $50-$70; fair, $40-$50/roll.

South: Coastal bermuda, in small squares: FOB or delivered locally: good/premium, $6-$7.50; fair, $5-$6/bale. Premium, in large rounds: FOB, $70-$90; good, $50-$70; poor, $30-$40/roll.



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