Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Demand was moderate, instances good in some areas of the state. With unseasonal cool weather, pastures are slow to take off and some cattlemen across the state continue to by spot loads of hay. Spring planting has been slow in most areas, NASS reported on May 6th corn planting is 35 percent done compared to 38 percent last year, and 47 percent for the five-year average. Rain blew across most of the state on Wednesday and will delay spring work for the nearby. Hopefully the frost will stay away overnight Thursday and forages will be able to grow at their normal pace. Alfalfa reports from 6” to 12” across various areas of the state. Some dehy producers are eyeing the week of May 20th for startup if Mother Nature will cooperate. Most dehy producers stated, phones have been busy as old and new customers are trying to deal on 2019 pellets. Prices has not been nailed down on new crop pellets. Also, several talks on standing alfalfa price but nothing set in stone for those acres this week. All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 150.00-165.00. Grass Hay: Premium large rounds 100.00-110.00; Good large rounds 85.00-95.00; Fair large rounds 60.00-75.00. Premium small squares 160.00-170.00. Cornstalks large rounds 52.50. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein or better 270.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 110.00-120.00. Cornstalks large rounds 65.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-160.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-145.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 95.00-110.00.
Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00; Fair large squares 140.00. Good large rounds 130.00-140.00. Straw in large squares 80.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 153.00-158.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00.

Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Premium small squares 200.00-215.00, Good small squares 165.00. Straw in large squares 50.00-60.00. Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes bulk 230.00-240.00, bagged 270.00-280.00.

Eastern Wyoming
Alfalfa: Good large squares 150.00-160.00; Good large rounds 130.00-140.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00.

East River South Dakota
Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 200.00-210.00. Good: Large Squares, 180.00-190.00. Fair: Large Squares, 150.00-160.00; Large Rounds, 140.00-165.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 115.00-128.00. Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 235.00; 17 pct 245.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17 pct 250.00. Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 150.00. Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Good: Large Rounds, 150.00-175.00. Straw: Large Rounds, 110.00; Large Squares 150.00. Corn Stalks: No Reported Sales.

West River South Dakota
Alfalfa: No Reported Sales. Grass: No Reported Sales. Alfalfa/Grass Mix: No Reported Sales.

Iowa
Alfalfa: Supreme Small Squares     260.00-300.00, Premium Large Squares 260.00-270.00, Good Large Squares 185.00-200.00, Large Rounds 165.00-200.00. Alfalfa/Grass: Premium Small Squares 260.00, Large Squares 265.00, Good Large Rounds 125.00. Grass Premium Large Squares 280.00, Good Small Squares 215.00, Large Squares 210.00-220.00, Large Rounds 195.00-210.00, Fair Large Rounds 100.00-130.00, Utility Large Rounds 75.00-110.00. Corn Stalks: Large Rounds 20.00-30.00. Straw: Oat; Small Square 220.00-240.00, Large Round 80.00-85.00, Rye; Large Round 57.00, Wheat; Small Square 280.00.
Source: USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, Neb.