Compared to the last report, overall alfalfa and grass hay were mostly steady, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, May 24.

Movement remains slow although there was a slight increase in trades. Southwest Kansas remains terribly dry. Reports from producers indicate that yield is down up to one third for those who have laid down first cutting, and as expected, wheat and triticale are looking rough. Although the south-central region, received some rain this past week, they too report that the alfalfa is very thin. The continued drought has folks really thinking hard about new crop contracts, with many reluctant to shake on a deal. Meanwhile, in southeastern Kansas rain continues to hamper any progress in planting and more rain is expected this week. Prices based on averages and are given on a per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.

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