In Nebraska, Iowa and southwest Minnesota, hay prices were mostly steady, with moderate trade and mixed inquiry. Demand was fairly good. Alfalfa pellets were firm to $2 higher, according to the Aug. 17 U.S. Department of Agriculture Hay Market Report.

In the northeast, premium alfalfa, RFV 170+, in large round bales, was $80 to $90 per ton; good to premium, in large round bales, $65 to $70, in medium and large square bales, $100 to $110; fair to good, $60 to $70; fair, $45 to $60. Fair to good alfalfa, in large round bales, ground and delivered to feedlots, was $80 to $80 per ton. Alfalfa standing in the field was $40 per ton. Prairie hay, in small square bales, was $105 per ton, some delivered at $115, in large round bales, $80. Brome hay, in medium square bales, was $60 to $70 per ton. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $125 to $129 per ton.

In the Platte Valley, good to premium alfalfa, RFV 150 to 180, in medium square bales, was $100 to $110 per ton, in large round bales, $65 to $80, ground and delivered to feedlots, $85 to $95; fair to good, $60 to $70, in large rounds, ground and delivered to feedlots, $80 to $85. Alfalfa standing in the field was $40 per ton. Grass hay, in large round bales, was $70 per ton. Wheat straw, in large round bales, was $50 per ton. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $125 to $127 per ton.

In northwest Iowa, good alfalfa, in medium square bales, was $70 to $72.50 per ton; good to premium, in large round bales, $70 to $80; fair to good, in large round bales, $65 to $70. Grass, in large round bales, was $60 to $65 per ton. Brome hay, in small square bales, was $65 to $85 per ton.

In southwest Minnesota, fair to good alfalfa, in small square bales, was $67.50 to $82.50 per ton; good to premium, in large round bales, $70 to $80; fair to good, $55 to $70. Alfalfa-grass, in small square bales, was $45 per ton, in large round bales, $40. Grass hay, in small square bales, was $42.50 to $47.50 per ton, in large round bales, $35 to $47.50. Straw, in small square bales, was $1.65 to $1.85 per bale, in large round bales, $19 to $20 per bale.

In Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, trade was slow to moderate, with prices mostly steady and demand good. Most second cuttings were nearing completion in Wyoming and western Nebraska, with some third cuttings underway.

In eastern Wyoming, premium alfalfa was $90 to $95 per ton; good, $75 to $90, $105 to $110 delivered. New crop dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $132 per ton wholesale.

In central and western Wyoming, horse alfalfa was $120 to $150 per ton; good to premium, first and second cutting, $85 to $100, $115 delivered, $90 in the windrow. Alfalfa-Timothy horse hay was $140 per ton. Wyoming Game and Fish contract Alfalfa-Alfalfa-Grass-Native Grass 3000 was $97 per ton. Alfalfa cubes were $100 to $110 per ton. Barley straw was $50 per ton.

In western Nebraska, premium alfalfa was $100 per ton; good, $75 to $85; fair to good, ground and delivered, $90 to $95. Sorghum-sudan was $65 per ton. Wheat straw was $45 to $50 per ton delivered out-of-state. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 13% protein, were $138 to $164 per ton.

In western South Dakota, premium second cutting alfalfa was $100 per ton; good, first and second cutting, $70 to $90, in large round bales, $70 to $80. Oat hay was $60 to $65 per ton. Wheat hay was $65 per ton. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $150 retail, $125 wholesale.

In Colorado, the hay trade was moderate to active, with demand and seller interest good. Prices for all hay classes were steady.

In the northeast, supreme alfalfa was $105 to $110 per ton; premium, $90 to $100; good, $80 to $85, delivered, $90 to $95; fair, $65 to $70; good, ground and delivered to feedlots, $85 to $95. Premium grass hay, in small square bales, was $95 to $105 per ton, $110 to $115 delivered; good, in small square bales, $85 to $90, in large round bales, $75 to $80. Oat hay, in medium and large round bales, $55 to $60 per ton, some to $65. Millet hay, in large round bales, was $55 per ton. Contracted silage, delivered on a dry matter basis, was $50 to $55 per ton.

In the southeast, supreme alfalfa was $110 to $120 per ton; premium, $100 to $110; good, $80 to $90, ground and delivered to feedlots, $90 to $95, some $85. Alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $140 to $145 per ton bulk, $170 to $175 bagged.

In the mountain areas, premium alfalfa, in small square bales, was $120 to $130 per ton, in large round bales, $100. Premium grass hay, in small bales, was $120 to $150 per ton; good, $110 to $115, in large square bales, $90 to $95. Premium mixed grass-alfalfa, in small bales, was $110 to $130 per ton.

On the Western Slope, premium alfalfa was $95 to $110 per ton, in large square bales, $90; good, $95 to $105, in large square bales, $80 to $90. Premium mixed grass-alfalfa, in small square bales, was $110 to $135 per ton. Premium grass hay, in small square bales, was $120 per ton, in large square bales, $100. Good oat hay, in large square bales, was $70 per ton.

In the San Luis Valley, supreme alfalfa was $115 to $120 per ton; premium, $100 to $110; good, $85 to $90.

In the southwest, premium alfalfa was $100 to $105 per ton; good, $90.

In Montana, prices were mostly steady, with moderate demand. The second cutting tonnage looks to be rather good across much of the state.

Premium dairy alfalfa, in large square bales, was $85 to $90, $105 to $110 delivered; good to premium, $80 to $90, in small square bales, $105 to $125; fair to good, $65 to $75; low to fair, $50. Premium alfalfa-grass, in small square bales, was $105 per ton; good, in large round bales, $90 delivered. Good to premium grass hay was $90 to $100 per ton. Premium Timothy hay, in small square bales, was $125 per ton; good to premium, in large round bales, $80. Straw, in large square bales, was $40 to $55 per ton delivered, few at $50, fob.

In Missouri, producers were still busy delivering hay that had been sold. Increased interest has been seen from other areas that have not seen as much rain, such as parts of Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Demand was moderate, with supply for all classes moderate. Wheat straw demand was light, with supply moderate.

Supreme and premium alfalfa was $100 to $130 per ton. Premium orchard grass-alfalfa was $90 to $105 per ton. Prairie hay was $90 per ton. Good brome was $105 per ton. Good mixed grass hay, in small square bales, was $2 to $3.20 per bale, in large round bales, $15 to $30 per bale. Fair fescue, in large round bales, was $10 to $20 per bale. Wheat straw was $1.50 per small square bale.

In Oklahoma, the alfalfa trade was moderate, with good demand for grinding and stock hay, and moderate demand for dairy hay. Prices were mostly steady. More favorable, moderate temperatures and scattered rains moved through the state. The grass hay trade was moderate, with moderate to good demand and steady prices.

In central and western areas, premium alfalfa, in large and small square bales out of the barn or field, were $100 to $120 per ton; good, in large square bales, $90 to $105, in small square bales, $85 to $100, in large round bales, $65 to $75; fair, in large square bales, $65 to $75, in large round bales, $45 to $55. Wheat hay, in large round bales, was $50 to $65 per ton.

In the Panhandle and western feedlot area, good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field or bale pile, spot, was $90 to $105 per ton, chopped and delivered to feedlots, $100 to $120 per ton; good, in large square bales, was $90 to $105 per ton; fair, in large round bales, $40 to $60.

In central and eastern areas, premium alfalfa, in large square bales, was $70 to $90 per ton, in small square bales, $80 to $105; good, in small square bales, $70 to $85; good to premium, in large round bales, $50 to $70; fair, $30 to $45.

In Texas, hay supplies continued to diminish. Prices were mostly steady to firm, with very limited sales. The Texas Department of Agriculture's hay and grazing hotline is 1-877-429-1998 and the Web site for the TDA is www.agr.state.tx.us.

In the Panhandle, premium alfalfa, in small bales, was $3.50 to $4.25 per bale, $4.50 to $5.25 delivered; fair to good, in large square and round bales for grinding, $120 to $125 delivered. Chopped alfalfa, delivered to feedlots, was $110 to $125 per ton. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets were $140 to $145 per ton. Prairie hay, in large bales, was $97 per ton delivered. Wheat hay, in large bales, was $80 to $90 per ton delivered.

In north, central and east Texas, milo hay was $60 per ton in the field. Coastal Bermuda hay, in small square bales, was $3 to $4 per bale in the field, few at $5 delivered, in large round bales, $40 to $45 per bale in the field. Sudan-Haygrazer mixed hay, in large round and square bales, was $70 out of the barn.

In New Mexico, alfalfa prices were steady, with trade and demand moderate. A few showers in the southern and southeastern areas delayed harvest.

Premium alfalfa, in large square bales, was $120 to $130 per ton delivered, in small bales, $130 to $145; good, in large square bales, $110 to $120 delivered, in small bales, $115 to $130; fair, in large square bales, $90 to $105, in small bales, $95 to $110.

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