Mother Nature is really rolling out the welcome mat for 2016 with an arctic cold system later this week. We can only hope that she gets her extreme weather out of her system now and gives us a good and productive haying season this year.
Interest and movement in large and medium square bales has been steady. Large rounds bales of alfalfa is moving at $70-120, grass large rounds at $80-100, and large round bales of cornstalks are at $45-65. Large and medium squares of dairy quality alfalfa testing over 150 Relative Feed Value are selling at $180-250 and heifer quality large and medium squares testing 135 to 155 Relative Feed Value are selling at $140-175. These prices are all priced per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Independent Forage Growers.
It is a busy time here in the N.A.M.A. Office. We will be having our first Board Meeting of the year next Monday, January 11th at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte. We will welcome our newest board members, review the 2015 Mid-America Forage Expo and begin working on business for the 2016 year.
January 26, 27 & 28 we will be attending the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley, Colorado. The purpose of attending this show will be to promote Forages to those in attendance as well as to try to build membership for the Association. Members of the Association are encouraged to attend and spend time in the Association’s booth.
It is membership and renewal time and you will likely hear me discussing that for the next several weeks. Membership in the Association is open to all forage producers whether you are in Nebraska or a surrounding state. It is the goal of the Association to not only gain access to potential customers that you might not otherwise have access to on your own, but to serve as a vehicle for education and networking on production and marketing of forages.
If you would like more information on the Board Meeting next Monday, the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley, membership in the Independent Forage Growers or if you are looking for a good source for hay, grass or other forages, please give me a call at 800-743-1649 or visit our website at Nebraska-alfalfa.com.