Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Drought stricken areas of the Four Corners the Souther Plains remain dry.

According to the latest drought monitor, moderate precipitation fell in a wide swath covering an area from Kansas and Nebraska, eastward into parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Additionally, moderate precipitation fell in the South and Southeast. Locally higher amounts fell in northern Florida late last week. Moisture laden systems continued to provide much needed precipitation to coastal California and the Sierra. Light to moderate precipitation fell in the Northeast, High Plains, and parts of the Rockies. The drought stricken areas of the Four Corners and the Southern Plains saw little to no precipitation.

The 6-10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center calls for an increased chance of below-normal precipitation in the West while the highest probability of precipitation is forecast for the South. The probability of above-normal temperatures are also highest in the South. Below-normal temperatures are most likely to occur across the western third of the U.S.

Prices for Large and medium squares of dairy quality alfalfa are at $150-210.  Large rounds of alfalfa $85-120, some limited reports of $130-145.  Grass hay in large rounds is at $90-110.  Cornstalk large round bales $55-65.  These prices are all priced per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Independent Forage Growers.

The Board of Directors will be holding what will likely be the last full board meeting before the summer break, next Thursday, April 5 beginning at 10 am at the Best Western Inn & Suites in Grand Island.  Board meetings are open to all members and you are always encouraged to attend.