Mid- to Late-May, 2013 Hay Price Update

Mid‐ to Late‐ May, 2013 Hay Price Update

 These are hay prices paid at auction in the recent past weeks. Much of the price

information is obtained from USDA Hay Market News. Personal contacts of local

Iowa hay auctions secured price information for these market outlets.  Auctions

were chosen to reflect prices across Iowa. Other nearby auctions may exist. No

endorsement of the listed auctions is intended.


The USDA Market News group uses the following hay classification designations

in their market price reports. Of all hay sold, 1% or less would be designated in

the ‘Supreme’ class. There is a general relationship between visual characteristics

and forage analyses.  If possible, the following Hay test analyses ranges (on dry

matter basis) should be used to establish the appropriate quality designation.

When feeding livestock, sample all forage lots and use forage analysis information

for balancing livestock rations.


                    Relative         Acid           Neutral           (Alfalfa*)    (Mixed & Grass)

                    Feed         Detergent      Detergent         Crude            Crude

                    Value          Fiber             Fiber               Protein         Protein

                   (RFV)           (ADF)          (NDF)               (CP)              (CP)

                    index             %                   %                    %                %   

Supreme      > 185             < 27             < 34                 > 22             **

Premium       170-185      27-29             34-36               20-22            >13

Good            150-170       29-32           36-40                 18-20          9 -13

Fair               130-150       32-35           40-44               16-18           5 - 9

Utility           <  130           > 35             >  44                 < 16               <5


* Alfalfa & alfalfa with up to 10% grass (USDA)

** The 'Supreme' category is not appropriate for grass hays


Visual hay quality descriptions used in the USDA Hay Market News.

(Note: these visual traits do not necessarily equate to the forage analysis ranges

listed in the previous chart.) 



Very early maturity, pre-bloom, soft, fine stemmed, extra-leafy. Factors

indicative of very high nutritive content. Hay is excellent color and free of damage.



(dairy quality) pre bloom or very early bloom legumes, grass vegetative,

generally green with no rain damage



(dairy and feedlot quality) early to mid-bloom legumes, grass vegetative

or very early head, generally no rain



(feedlot or beef quality) mid- to late-bloom legumes, grass headed,

coarse/stemmy, may show some rain damage



(formerly 'Low') - very late maturity, or very coarse/stemmy, or considerable

discoloration or rain damage


Fort Atkinson (NE IA) Wednesdays, 1:00PM

(Alfalfa --Quality of lots not stated)

             1st Cut:  SmSq $230-380/T;  LgSq $300-310/T; LgRd $150-370/T

            2nd Cut:  SmSq $340-390/T ; LgSq $375-410/T; LgRd  $285-340/T

            3rd Cut: LgSq $325-430/T; LgRd $300-345/T

            4th Cut:  SmSq $395/T;  LgSq $325-430/T ; LgRd $300-345/T

Grass: Good  (SmSq $175-220/T Apr);  LgRd $210/T

Oat Hay: (LgRd $240/T Apr)

Straw: SmSq $165/T ; (LgSq $120-125/T; LgRd $50-105/T Apr)

Cornstalks:  (LgRd $40-90/T Apr)


Dyersville (NE IA ) Thursdays 10:30 AM


     Supreme:   (LgSq $330-335/T Apr)

    Premium :   LgSq $300-330/T; (LgRd $295-315/T Apr)

     Good:    LgSq $270-300/T; LgRd $260-305/T

      Fair: LgSq $260-285/T; LgRd  $175-260/T

      Utility: LgSq $230-255/T;  LgRd $155-185/T

Mixed Legume/Gr

     Good:  SmSq $5.75/bale; LgSq $300-325/T; LgRd $280-300/T


     Good:  LgSq $225-275/T;  LgRd $145-210/T

   Fair: LgSq $300/T

Prairie Hay: Good LgRd $270/T

CRP: ( LgSq $235-270/T Apr);  LgRd $120-205/T

Straw:  (LgSq $42-54/bale ; LgRd $ 57-60/B Apr)

Cornstalks:  LgSq $15/bale;   (LgRd $30-65/b   Apr)


Riceville (NE IA) 1st  & 3rd Fri Sales

    Alfalfa: LgSq $340-375/T

  Grass:  (SmSq $4.00-6.00/bale  Apr); LgSq $240/T

Straw:   LgSq $125/T

Cornstalks:  (LgRd $25/bale Apr)


Forest City (NC IA) (Wed eve. sales)

   Alf &Mixed Leg/Gr : SmSq $6.25-8.50/bale; (LgRd $225/b Apr)

   Grass: SmSq $6.25-8.50/bale; LgRd $95-130/bale

   Straw $2.75-3.75/bale

  CRP:  (LgRd $70-110/bale Apr)

Cornstalks: (LgSq $ $30/b Apr)


Spencer Livestock Sales (NW IA) (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)

    Alfalfa: (SmSq $9.00/bale Apr);  LgRd $310-335/T

   Mixed Legume/Gr:  (LgRd $305-310/T  Apr)

  Grass: SmSq $6.50-9.25/bale; (LgRd $225-250/T Apr)

Cornstalks:  LgRd, $55-57.50/bale, ($80-90/T Apr)

CRP: LgRd $175-205/b


Rock Valley (NW IA) (Monday & Thursdays 1:00PM)


     Supreme: LgSq $287.50-290/T; LgRd $270-340/T 

     Premium: LgSq $260/T ;  LgRd $235-265/T   

    Good:  (LgSq $200/T Apr); LgRd $220T

Mixed Hay

      Supreme: (LgSq $280-330/T Apr); LgRd $270/T

     Premium: LgSq $255/T ;  LgRd $250-265/T

      Good: LgRd $192.50-195/T

      Fair:   LgSq $160/T; LgRd $160-172.50/T

Grass Hay

      Supreme: SmSq $365T; LgSq $270-300/T; LgRd $270-300/T

    Premium:  LgSq $265/T;  LgRd $230-265/T

     Good: SmSq $210-220/T; LgRd $170-210/T

     Fair: LgRd $155-177.50/T

    Utility :  LgSq $90/T; LgRd $135/T

Straw:  (SmSq $3.75/b Apr);  LgSq $70-160/T; LgRd $110/T

Cornstalks : (LgSq $52.50/T Apr); LgRd $75-115/T

  Soybean ‘Straw’: LgSq $50/T


Maurice, IA  Sales Tuesdays 11:00AM


      Supreme: LgRd $ 290-300/T

     Prem:  LgRd $230-240/T

  Good: LgRd $190/T


     Prem:; LgSq $240/T (LgRd $240-260/T Apr)

    Good:   LgRd $205-230/T

    Utility:  LgRd  $125/T

Straw:  (LgSq $100/T  Apr)

Cornstalks:  (LgSq Rd $55/T Apr)


Denison (WC IA) (Sat 11:00A)

   Alfalfa: (SmSq $7.00-9.00/b;  LgRd $250-290/bale Apr)

   Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $6.50/bale; LgSq $165-180/b; LgRd $250/b

Grass:  SmSq $5.75-6.50/bale; (LgRd $160-240/b Apr)

Straw: (SmSq $5.00/bale Apr)

  Cornstalks; (LgRd  $40/b Apr)


Perry (Central Iowa) (Sat Noon)

Alfalfa &:  SmSq $6.50-9.00/b; LgSq $120-1355/b ; ( LgRd $140-240\b Apr)

Mixed Leg/r: SmSq $6.00-7.50/b

Grass: SmSq $5.00-8.00/b;  LgSq $115-135/b; (LgRd$ $90-170/bale  Apr)

Straw: SmSq $5.00-5.50/bale; LgSq $42/bale

Cornstalks:  LgRd $35/bale


Private Broker Sales -- Ave. of prices from

South Central Iowa (Indianola & Adair); and North Central Iowa, (Hampton)


      Supreme: (LgSq $285-300/T Apr)

      Premium: LgRd $250-275/T

     Good:   (LgSq $225-250/T Apr)); LgRd $225-230/T

  Mixed Leg/Gr : (LgRd $250/T Apr)

   Grass:   Good   LgRd $210-235/T

   Straw: (SmSq $155/T;  LgSq $135/T Apr)

  Cornstalks: LgRd $90-125/T


Shell Rock (NE IA) (2nd & 4th Saturday )      Hay type and quality not stated

May 11,2013 Auction

Alfalfa & Mixed :

1st cut SmSq $6.00-6.50/bale;

2nd cut SmSq $5.50-7.30/bale; LgSq $155-160/b;  LgRd $165-1750/b

3rd cut SmSq $6.75-8.000/bale; LgSq $145-160/b

4th cut SmSq $7.75-8.35/bale; LgSq $140-150/b

Grass:   SmSq $4.40-7.20/bale;  LgRd $140/b

 Straw: (SmSq $3.30/bale  Apr); LgSq $57/bale

Cornstalks:  LgRd $41/bale


Edgewood (N E IA) (Tues. 11AM)

Alfalfa: (SmSq $5.00-7.00/bale Apr); LgSq $340-470/T;  (LgRd $100-310/T Apr)

Mixed Leg/Gr:  SmSq $5.00-6.00/b; (LgSq $250-340/T Apr); LgRd $240-350/T

Wheat hay: LgSq $235/T

Straw:  (SmSq $2.50-3.25/b Apr); LgSq $71-79/bale

Cornstalks: (LgRd $50-53/b Apr)


Bluegrass ( EC IA) 2nd Sat,  11 AM ( Dec – March)

Sales resume  in the autumn


Keosauqua (SE IA) Sin that 11:30A

  Alfalfa & Mixed Lg/Gr:  SmSq $6.50-8.50/b; (LgSq $125-140/b;  LgRd $185-210/B Apr)

Grass :  SmSq $4.50-6.50/bale;  (LgRd $120-160/bale Apr)

Straw: (SmSq $2.50-3.50/bale;  LgRd $50-70/bale Apr)

Cornstalks: ( LgRd $35/bale Apr)


Kalona Auction (SE IA) Thursdays 11:00 AM   

     Alfalfa: (SmSq $6.00-8.50/bale; LgSq $120-230/B Apr)

    Mixed Leg/Gr : SmSq $6.25/B; LgSq $105-125/b; LgRd $120/bale 

    Grass:  SmSq $6.00/bale;  LgSq $120-140/bale; LgRd $120-170/bale

Baleage (type not stated) (LgRd $50-70/bale Apr)

Oat Stubble hay: (LgRd $190/b    Apr)

Straw:  (SmSq  $3.50-5.00/B Apr)

    Cornstalks: ( LgRd $23-40/bale Apr)

    Soybean ‘straw’: (LgRd $50/bale Apr)


Yoder Auction (Frytown) 

Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $5.00-8.20/b ; LgSq $85-1150/b; LgRd $135-150/bale

Grass: (SmSq $5.10-7.10/b ; LgSq $90-125//b;  LgRd $140-175/bale Apr)

Oat hay: (LgRd  85- 130/b Apr)

Straw:   (LgSq $45-65/b Apr); LgRd $15-20/bale

Cornstalks: LgRd $25-27.50/b


Creston (SW IA) 10:30AM Friday

  Alfalfa & Mixed : (SmSq $7.50-8.75 /b; LgRd $205-210/b Apr)

Grass: LgRd $150/bale

Oat Hay: (LgRd $225/bale  Apr)

CRP: LgRd $60/bale


Red Oak (SW IA) Saturday sales

Alfalfa & Mixed Legume/Gr :  SmSq $9.50-12.50/bale;   (LgRd $190-250/bale Apr)

Grass:  SmSq $9.00-11.00/bale; LgRd $110/B

Cornstalks:  (LgRd $55/b Apr)


"Missouri Market" (Mid- to late- May, 2013  USDA Market Price Report)


Premium ( RFV 170-185):  ($225-300/T Apr)

Good: (RFV 150-170)  $195-255/T  

Fair :  (RFV 130-150) $125-180/T

Grass :

   Good :  $100-190/T

   Good/Fair LgRd $100-145/bale

  Fair: LgRd   $55-75/bale

Straw: SmSq $3.00-5.00/bale


"Northern & Central Illinois ( early  May, 2013  USDA Market Report)


  Premium: SmSq $240-300/T: LgSq $280-380/T; LgRd $290-300/T

   Good: SmSq $240-280/T; LgSq $260-320/T: LgRd $200-250/T

   Fair: SmSq $180-220/T; LgSq $180-250/T; LgRd $180-210/T

   Utility: SmSq $100-120/T;  LgSq $100-140/T;  LgRd $80-120/T

Mixed Leg/Grass   

    Premium: SmSq $260-300/T; LgSq $320-350/T

   Good: SmSq $200-280/T; LgSq $240-320/T; LgRd $170-220/T

   Fair: SmSq $160-200/T;  LgSq $160-240/T; LgRd $140-160/T

   Utility: SmSq $80-120/T; LgSq $100-120/T;  LgRd $100-120/T


   Premium: SmSq $200-260/T; LgSq $240-290/T;  LgRd $200-260/T

   Good : SmSq $180-240/T; LgSq $200-250/T;  LgRd $180-220/T

   Fair: SmSq $120-160/T; LgSq $140-180/T;  LgRd $120-160/T

   Utility;  SmSq $100-120/T; LgSq $120-150/T: LgRd $120-150/T

Straw: SmSq $2.50-3.50/bale, $130-150/T; LgSq $115-135/T; LgRd $70-95/T


Wisconsin 'Market'

    Sheboygan Co – Waldo

Sales resume in the autumn


"Minnesota (Pipestone)"-SW MN (Mid- to late May, 2013  USDA Market Report)


    Premium: SmSq $270/T; LgSq $280/T; LgRd $240-270/T

     Good: (SmSq  $245/T; LgSq $225-230/T;  LgRd $235-270/T Apr)

    Fair:  LgRd $205-235/T

Mixed Leg/Gr

   Premium: LgRd $250-295/T

    Good:  LgRd $210-255/T

    Utility: (LgRd $130/T Apr)


     Premium: (SmSq $300/T Apr);  LgRd $265-270/T

    Good:  (SmSq $215-245/T Apr); LgSq $250/T; LgRd $215-250/T

    Fair:  (SmSq $175/T Apr); LgRd $170-205/T

   Utility: LgRd $105-155/T

Straw: (SmSq $3.05/bale; LgSq $39-41/b Apr);  LgRd $20/bale

Cornstalks:  LgRd $29/bale


"South Dakota - East River” (Mid- to late- May  2013  USDA Market Report)


    Premium: (SmSq $10.00/b; LgSq $300/T; $325/T Apr);  LgRd $280/T delivered

      Good:   (LgRd $255-280/T Apr)

     Fair:  (LgRd $250/T Apr)

Mixed Leg/Gr: 

    Good:  ( LgRd $275/T  Apr)


    Premium  :  (LgSq $280/T Apr); LgRd $260/T

   Good/Fair:    LgRd $165-220/T

  Utility: (LgRd $190/T Apr)

Straw:   (SmSq $4.00/b;  LgSq, $125/T Apr) ; LgRd $130/T

“Corn Hay”: ( LgRd $160/T Apr)

Cornstalks;   LgRd $85-100/T delivered

‘Cattails’:  (LgRd $90-135/T  Apr)


Nebraska Market" (Mid- to late May 2013  USDA Report)


    Supreme: LgSq $290/T

   Premium:  SmSq $400/T; LgRd  $ 250-275/T

    Good:  (LgSq $245/T Apr); LgRd $200-240/T


    Good:  LgRd $200-235/T

   Fair: ( LgRd $185/T Apr)

Cornstalks: LgRd $85-100/T


Internet-based Hay Source possibilities:


The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), responded to drought-

induced hay and pasture deficit conditions by its establishing a www

website - Hay Net - for producers to list information concerning the

need for hay or the availability of hay. The WWW link to this site is

listed below.  


Using the USDA Hay Net page is not as user-friendly as the earlier

version. If you want to see the listings 'for sale', In the center-right

'box' on the page, select the line 'Access eHayNet Service'.  That

will take you to the 2nd page where you must choose either: NEED

(hay ads) or HAVE (hay ads). Then a ‘state’ (the state where the

hay is listed,). The 'Select' button will then take you to the listings

for that state.  Contacts and a limited description of hay, available

or needed, can be found. As with other 'hay list'-type www sites, price

and details about sales transactions must be completed between

buyer and seller.  Note: Not all lots listed for a state are located in

that state, approximately half are from other states and Canada




I checked this site on May 31, 2013 and found the following # of listings:  

State                              Listings

Iowa                                      0

Missouri                               14

Illinois                                   0

Wisconsin                             4

Minnesota                            5

South Dakota                       0

Nebraska                             9



The Marketing Division of the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land

Stewardship publishes a Hay & Straw Directory each Autumn. It

includes names & contact information for hay sellers, hay brokers,

auctions, commercial grinders, hay market associations, etc,.

They are taking new listings anytime and post them on the WWW

Hay and Straw Directory site. Clients are encouraged to use the

WWW site. A few printed booklets may be available, but may

not be as 'up-to-date' as is the WWW site version. Phone 1-800-383-5079

or (515) 281-5993 for information, or their WWW site:



See Information on the ....

Iowa Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage & Mulch Program

being managed by the Iowa Crop Improvement Association.

Rules; fees; current listings



Upper Midwest Haylist

"Electronic Market Service of Buyers and Sellers"


The Upper Midwest Haylist allows sellers to list lots of hay for

30-60 days, free of charge; & for buyers to access it for hay

availability. Sellers can include: name, address, Phone/FAX/e-mail,

type of hay (>95%alfalfa, Alf/Gr, Clover, >95% Grass etc),

type of bale, which cutting ex. 2012 2nd, tons/bales available,

quality ex. RFV or CP, asking price per ton.



On   May 31, 2013  the following was listed.

State                                 Listings

Iowa                                    0

Missouri                             0

Illinois                               0

Wisconsin                         0

Minnesota                         0

South Dakota                    0

Nebraska                          0


WWW 'Hay Lists' from other surrounding states....


South Dakota State University Extension Service -- "Feed Finder"

/ Hay List This www site provides opportunity to 'post messages'

about hay for sale, 'hay wanted', 'pasture for rent' etc. Use this www




Wisconsin Extension provides a forage hay-list that it has established

Listings are by county.  The list can be found at the following www site:



Missouri Hay Market www site.


or call 1-800-877-4HAY (4429)


Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Assn www site.  Browse through the

"Inventory" tab. http://www.nebraska-alfalfa.com/


Indiana   Purdue University ‘ Forage Finder’    Purdue  University has posted

their new ‘on-line, forage buy/sell  Program , The  www ‘link’ is. ……..



Colorado     A PDF version of the Colorado Hay Directory can be found

on the "Colorado Hay Directory" link on the Colorado Hay and Forage Assn  www page



Commercial www sites





Buyers and sellers can place and find specifics about type

of hay, location, quantity, price, quality, delivery options, etc.

on this commercial internet site. On   May 31, 2013   listings were:


State                           Listings

Iowa                               44

Missouri                         78

Illinois                            96

Wisconsin                       59

Minnesota                      38

South Dakota                 30

Nebraska                        65




Operating in Oklahoma.  It is an online hay classifieds and auction

listing service. Allows listing and searching for hay.  The interactive

'search' engine asks for your Zip Code and the distance range that

you would like to search in.   On    May 31, 2013  there were 2 listings

for hay within 300 miles of Ames Iowa.


SellMyHay .com

http://sellmyhay.com/picturebrowse.php(Formerly  Internet Hay Auction)

Midwestern Cattle Marketing, LLC (a Sidney, NE, company specializing in video cattle

auctions) has established a  www-based hay listing  service.  Sellers ‘register’ and

pay a fee for listings.   Buyers search the ‘Hay for Sale’ link on the page. You are

taken to the current listings. BY ‘clicking’ on the photo, details about the listing is



Agri Hay Exchange


Operating out of Pennsylvania. It is an online classified listing. It allows

for free searching for hay etc. but requires registration on the site. There is a

subscription fee for hay wanted and for sale listings on the site, and to advertise.

On  May 31, 2013  there were 0 listings for Iowa.


Hay For Sale.co


This is an ‘international’ site. It is a website which uses geographic search and

maps to aid in finding hay or bedding. On May 31, 2013  the initial ‘search’

screen’s  Zip code  etc. look up/search system doesn’t seem to be working. 

However entering   -- Iowa  -- in the search box found that this site had 28 listings in Iowa !

There is a cost (~$3.00) to get details, contact info etc.  about the sources identified.

The site charges, via PayPal,  to access any contact details. You are to set up an



Hay For Sale .net


On May 31, 2013  there were 7 listings- Iowa & surrounding states


The 'Hay Barn"


Hay listings are grouped by state.  Sellers list type, description,

sometimes price, and telephone number.


The Haymarket

http://www.case-agworld.com/cAw.HM.html    The 'main page' has a

lot of information.  About 1/4 of the way down the page are some '

www links' to hay-related listings by 'region of the country.  This

leads to various formats of hay listings.


Stephen K. Barnhart

Professor of Agronomy - Forages Extension

1015 Agronomy Hall,  Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011-0001

Phone (Office) (515) 294-7835  email  sbarnhar@iastate.edu

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