In Nebraska, hay prices were mostly steady, according to the March 23 USDA Hay Market News.

Inquiry was fairly good. Much of the trade activity was confined to filling previous contracts. Supplies continued to be held in somewhat firm hands, but with milder weather, some producers were willing to put some hay on the market. Alfalfa pellets were steady.

In the northeast, good to premium quality alfalfa, RFV 160 to 170, in small bales, was $120 to $140 per ton; good to premium quality, RFV 140 to 180, in medium and large square bales, $82 to $110, in large round bales, $80 to $90; good quality, $65 to $75. Alfalfa, in large round bales, ground and delivered to feedlots, was $90 to $100 per ton, longer hauls to $110. Prairie hay, in small bales, was $105 to $120 per ton, in large round bales, $75 to $85. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $124 to $128 per ton.

In the Platte Valley, good to premium quality alfalfa, RFV 150 to 180, in large square bales, was $95 to $100 per ton; fair to good quality, under RFV 150, in large square bales, $85 to $95; good to premium quality, in large round bales, $80 to $90; good quality, in large round bales, $65 to $75. Alfalfa, in large round bales, ground and delivered to feedlots, was $90 to $100. Contracts for good to premium quality alfalfa, first cutting, in large round bales, was $80 per ton fob the field. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $125 per ton.

In northwest Iowa, hay demand was good. Prices were weak to $2 lower. Good to premium quality alfalfa, in small bales, was $85 to $100 per ton, in large square bales, $85 to $95, in large round bales, $72.50 to $105. Brome, in small bales, was $70 to $80 per ton. Grass hay, in small bales, was $77.50 to $100 per ton; some, supreme quality, to $140; in large square bales, $80 to $90; in large round bales, $95 to $115. Oatlage hay, in large square bales, was $70 per ton.

In southwest Minnesota, good to premium quality alfalfa, in small bales, was $80 to $105 per ton; in large square bales, $72.50 to $90, in large round bales, $85 to $100; fair to good quality, in small bales, was $72.50 to $90, in large round bales, $65 to $85. Good to premium quality alfalfa-grass hay, in small bales, was $75 to $92.50 per ton; fair to good quality, in large round bales, $65 to $77.50. Grass hay, in small bales, was $57.50 to $87.50 per ton, in large square bales, $82.50, in large round bales, $50 to $82.50.

In Colorado, the alfalfa trade was slow on all classes. Demand was light to moderate for cow alfalfa; dairies alfalfa, light. Available hay supplies were limited. Seller interest was light to moderate. Prices were mostly steady.

In the northeast, premium quality alfalfa was $110 to $120 per ton or $125 to $145 delivered; good quality, $100 to $105, ground and delivered, $110 to $120. Corn stalks were $60 per ton.

In the southeast, premium quality alfalfa was $105 to $110 per ton; good quality, mostly $100. Fair to good quality alfalfa, ground and delivered, was $110 to $120 per ton. Alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $125 to $140 per ton.

In the Mountain areas, premium quality grass hay was $120 per ton; good quality, mostly $100. Premium quality alfalfa was $110 per ton; good quality, $100 to $105. Good quality alfalfa-grass hay was $100 to $105 per ton.

On the Western Slope, premium quality alfalfa was $105 to $110 per ton, in small lots, $115 to $120; good quality, mostly $95 to $100.

In the San Luis Valley, premium quality alfalfa was $105 to $115 per ton; good quality, $100 to $105. Good quality oat hay was $75 to $85 per ton.

In the southwest, premium quality alfalfa was $105 to $115 per ton; good quality, $95 to $105; fair to good quality, $90 to $95.

In Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, the hay trade continued very slow, with very limited sales. Most producers were sold out.

In eastern Wyoming, good quality alfalfa, third cutting, was $90 to $95 per ton. Good quality grass hay was $115 per ton delivered. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $128 per ton.

In central and western Wyoming, alfalfa and alfalfa-timothy horse hay was $120 to $150 per ton. Alfalfa-grass hay was $100 per ton.

In western Nebraska, horse quality alfalfa was $100 to $125 per ton. Good quality alfalfa, in large round bales, was $80 per ton; fair to good quality, ground and delivered, $95 to $115. Two-year-old triticale hay was $45 per ton. Alfalfa pellets, 13% protein, less than 5 tons, were $164 per ton, 5 to 12 tons, $146, 12 to 25 tons, $144, over 25 tons, $138.

In western South Dakota, good quality alfalfa was $85 to $95 per ton; fair to good quality, in large round bales, $70 to $80. Good quality grass hay, in large round bales, was $65 to $75 per ton, in medium square bales, $90 to $95 delivered.

In Montana, hay prices were steady to $5 lower. With spring getting closer, producers that were holding hay were trying to get it sold. Also, warmer weather has lessened demand. New sales were slow. Movement was moderate. Hay still was coming in from Canada and the Dakotas.

Premium quality alfalfa was $100 per ton; good quality, $80 to $95 or $85 to $100 delivered; fair quality, $75 to $80. Good quality alfalfa, from Canada, was $105 to $110 per ton delivered. Premium quality alfalfa-grass hay for horses was $100 to $110 per ton; good quality, from out of state, $95 to $100 delivered; fair quality, from out of state, $85 to $90 delivered.

In Missouri, with the first day of spring came warmer weather and reduced marketing of hay. Producers were virtually sold out.

Supreme quality alfalfa was $110 to $130 per ton; premium quality, $100 to $130. Good quality brome was $85 per ton; prairie hay, $65 to $80; mixed grass hay, $20 to $35 per bale or $30 to $40 delivered. Fair quality fescue and fescue stubble, in large round bales, was $10 to $17.50 per bale.

In Oklahoma, the alfalfa trade was light to moderate. Demand was good for grinding and stock cow alfalfa, moderate for other offerings. Prices were steady to $10 higher. Warm, dry weather improved delivery conditions. Moisture levels are good going into spring. Good harvests will be needed to replace exhausted supplies.

The grass hay trade was moderate. Demand was light to moderate. Prices were steady. Supplies remained tight. Some cool season grass growth was giving some relief to cattlemen. Stocks from the last several years have been used up in many areas.

In central and western Oklahoma, premium quality alfalfa, in small and large square bales, was $105 to $130 per ton, in small lots to horsemen, $5 a bale; good quality, in small and large square bales, $100 to $115, in large round bales, $70 to $95; fair quality, in large round bales, $35 to $55.

In the Panhandle and western feedlot area, good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field or bale pile, spot, was $105 to $130 per ton; chopped and short haul to feedlots, $130 to $140. Fair quality alfalfa, in large round bales, was $40 to $60 per ton.

In central and eastern Oklahoma, premium quality grass hay, in large square bales, was $65 to $85 per ton, in small bales, $90 to $105, in small lots to horsemen, up to $120; good quality, in small bales, $65 to $80. In large round bales, premium quality grass hay was $45 to $70 per ton; good quality, $30 to $55; fair quality, $20 to $28. Good quality wheat hay, in large round bales, was $30 to $45 per ton.

In Texas, trade was very slow. Supplies were limited. Demand was fairly good and buyers looked for needed supplies. Buyers and sellers were in the process of discussing new-crop prices.

In the Panhandle, supreme quality alfalfa, in small bales, few sales, was $165 to $175 per ton; premium quality, in small bales, $145 to $155; fair to good quality, in large square bales, $120 to $130 delivered. Alfalfa, chopped and delivered to feedlots, was $132 to $139 per ton. Prairie hay, in small bales, was $120 per ton delivered.

In north, central and east Texas, good to premium quality alfalfa, in small bales, was $4 to $5 per bale delivered; premium quality, in large square bales, $135 to $155 per ton delivered; good quality, $125 to $135 delivered. Coastal bermuda, in small bales, was $100 to $110 per ton fob, in large round bales, $100 to $110 delivered.

In the East River area of South Dakota, alfalfa hay and pellet prices were steady. Very few sales were confirmed.

Premium quality alfalfa, few sales, in small and large square bales, was $90 to $100 per ton, some, $110 to $120 delivered; good quality, $75 to $85. In large bales, premium quality alfalfa was $80 to $95 per ton; good grinding quality, $70 to $75, some, $80; fair quality, $50 to $60. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, screened, were $120 per ton.

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