For the week ending August 17, rain in the central part of the State helped reduce the need for irrigation, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dryland crops in areas that did not receive rain were showing stress. Cooler weather in the eastern part of the State slowed crop development, while warmer temperatures in the west helped dry down hay.
Alfalfa hay conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 31 fair, 50 good, and 10 excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 68 percent complete, ahead of 55 last year, but equal to the average. Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 11 poor,
34 fair, 41 good, and 7 excellent.
Prices for top quality hay remain steady while trading is light. Lower quality hay both large squares and large rounds has softened and is selling below what it did last year. Large rounds bales of alfalfa $90 to 150 per ton; large squares heifer quality $180-210; and dairy quality $215-250. Grass in large rounds is at $125, small squares $170 and large squares $150. These prices are all priced per ton, at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association.
The annual Husker Harvest Days meeting is quickly approaching. This year the date is Wednesday, September 10th and we will again be hosting a dinner at the Holiday Inn Mid-Town in Grand Island. This dinner and meeting is open to all members and anyone interested in the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association. All that is required to attend is an RSVP to 800-743-1649 by Friday, September 5th.