For the week ending July 12, temperatures were cool during much of the week before turning hot over the weekend, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Significant rainfall was limited to southern border counties, as well as parts of north central Nebraska and portions of the lower Panhandle. The seasonably hot conditions boosted crop development. The heat and high humidity stressed livestock.
Alfalfa condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 24 fair, 58 good, and 13 excellent. Alfalfa hay first cutting was at 98 percent, near 100 for both last year and the average. Second cutting was at 45 percent, behind 51 last year and 58 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 19 fair, 62 good, and 13 excellent.
Prices for dairy quality large and medium squares testing 150 Relative Feed Value or better are moving at a $1.00 to 1.20 per RFV point as a base. Large rounds of new crop have moved at $80 to 110 per ton, grass in large rounds $110 to 130. These prices are all per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Independent Forage Growers.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th at 10:00 am, we invite you to network with forage producers and association members to learn more about Dakota Wind Turbines and Veda Hay Dryers at the Independent Forage Grower's Shop Talk at Ron Keogh's Farm in Oakland, NE. We will host an informal discussion on forages, the hay dryers, wind turbines as well as membership to the Independent Forage Growers. There will be equipment on site for you to view and lunch will be provided!
If you have neighbors or fellow producers, please invite them to come along!