For the week ending July 13, rain of an inch or more was common across much of the state with hail producing storms damaging crops in portions of central and southern Nebraska, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were below normal across the north and east. Wheat harvest progressed northward and was near one-third complete. Hay harvest resumed but continued to be difficult. Pasture conditions in most areas continued to improve.
Alfalfa hay conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 32 fair, 52 good, and 8 excellent. Alfalfa hay second cutting was 53 percent complete, ahead of 44 last year, but behind 60 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 10 poor,
30 fair, 47 good, and 8 excellent.
Demand remains good to strong for dairy quality hay as several areas across the country struggle with Mother Nature in getting quality hay produced. Movement on lower quality and feedlot quality hays continues to be slower. Prices for large and medium squares of dairy quality alfalfa range from $220 to 270 per ton; dry cow and heifer quality $180 to 215; horse quality small squares are $300 per ton; Grass in large squares $160 to 180; large rounds $90 to 120 and small squares $175 to 230. These are all priced per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association.