Compared to last week, all reported forages sold steady. Demand picked up a tick this week since the hay price is the most attractive it has been in several years. Most producers are done with third cutting alfalfa and some are thinking about putting up fourth. Spotty rains across the state this week; some areas have had up to three inches where other areas have had only traces. Some reports say that silage cutting is just around the corner and that it looks like there will be a lot of silage put up this fall. There have been some contracts made for fall delivery of cornstalk bales to feedlots.

     All sales are dollars per ton FOB (freight on buyer) in the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Iowa
Alfalfa: Premium small squares - $200.00-$240.00. Good small squares - $165.00-$170.00.
Alfalfa/grass: Premium small squares - $150.00. Good small squares - $105.00.
Grass: Good small squares - $130.00. Good large rounds - $92.00. Fair large squares - $75.00-$95.00. Utility large squares - $25.00-$50.00.
Oat hay: Good large rounds - $55.00.
Oat straw: Small squares - $125.00. Large squares - $100.00.
Certified organic hay: No organic prices reported this week.
      
Northeast/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares - $160.00-$180.00. Good large squares - $145.00-$150.00. Fair large squares - $110.00-$125.00. Premium small squares - $160.00-$200.00. Premium large rounds - $80.00. Good large rounds - $67.50-$75.00.
Grass hay: Premium large rounds - $80.00. Premium small squares - $130.00-$150.00.
Straw/cane hay: Large rounds - $50.00.

Platte Valley of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds - $70.00-$75.00. Good large rounds - $85.00, delivered. Ground and delivered - $90.00-$115.00.

Eastern South Dakota
Alfalfa: Supreme small squares - $215.00. Premium large squares - $150.00. Good large squares - $130.00. Fair to good large rounds - $120.00, delivered short haul. Utility large rounds - $55.00.
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets: 15 percent - $155.00. 17 percent - $165.00.
Alfalfa meal: 17 percent - $170.00.
Alfalfa/grass mix: Good large rounds - $110.00.
Grass: Premium large rounds - $100.00. Premium small squares - $150.00. Fair large rounds - $70.00. Utility large rounds - $50.00.
Straw: Large squares - $70.00-$80.00, delivered. Large squares - $70.00, contracted. Large rounds - $70.00. Large rounds - $60.00, contracted.
Cornstalks: Large rounds - $40.00.

Western South Dakota
Alfalfa: Premium large squares - $140.00-$155.00.
Alfalfa/grass mix: Premium rounds - $110.00.
Grass: Good large squares - $125.00. Good large rounds - $137.50.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Eastern Wyoming
Alfalfa: Premium large squares - $115.00-$118.00. Good large squares - $85.00-$90.00. Fair large rounds - $90.00-$100.00.
Alfalfa/grass: Premium small squares - $215.00 ($7.00 per bale).
Wheat straw: Good large rounds - $65.00, delivered.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large rounds - $150.00. Premium organic large rounds - $110.00-$120.00. Fair large squares - $75.00-$77.50. Ground and delivered - $105.00.
Oats: Large rounds - $95.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Premium large squares - $100.00. Utility large rounds - $95.00.
Alfalfa/grass mix: Premium large squares - $105.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Source:  USDA-Neb. Dept. of Ag Market News, Kearney, Neb.