South Dakota

Preliminary August prices for soybeans and all beef are up, while most other prices declined from last month, according to United States Department of Agriculture's South Dakota Ag Statistics Service Aug. 31. Despite general price declines from July, winter wheat, hay, cows, calves, and hogs are up from last year.

The preliminary August corn price, at $1.30, was 15 cents lower than July and was down 29 cents from last year. The August soybean price, at $4.12, was up 17 cents from last month but down 24 cents from last year. The preliminary all wheat price for August, at $2.22, was down 22 cents from last month and 31 cents below last year. The winter wheat price, at $2.12, was down 8 cents from last month but up 4 cents from last August. The spring wheat price, at $2.34, was down 42 cents from last month and 36 cents below last year. The preliminary all sunflower price, at $6.19, was down 81 cents from July and down $1.17 from a year ago.

The preliminary all hay price, at $53 per ton, was down $2 from July but up $10 from last year. The alfalfa price, at $56 per ton, was down $3 from last month but up $8 from last year. The other hay price, at $35, was unchanged from last month and up $3 from 1999.

The preliminary August all beef cattle price, at $68.40, was up 80 cents from last month but down 90 cents from last year. Steers and heifers, at $73.70, were down $2.40 from July and down $1.60 from last year. Calves, at $106, were unchanged from last month but $13.10 above last August.

August's preliminary all hog price, at $45.60, was down $3.60 from last month but up $9.40 from August 1999. Barrows and gilts were $9.10 higher than last year, while sows were up $11.20 from one year ago.

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