Hay Prices Mid-Late September

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These are hay prices paid at auction in the recent past weeks.  Most price information is obtained from USDA Hay Market News.  Personal contacts of local Iowa hay auctions secured price information for these market outlets.

The USDA Market News Group uses these hay classification designations in their
market price reports. Of all hay sold, 1% or less would be designated in the
supreme class. Placement in various classifications is often based on visual
assessment.  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        70-185        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.) 
Supreme - 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.
Premium - (dairy quality) pre bloom or very early bloom legumes,
                grass vegetative, generally green with no rain damage
Good - (dairy and feedlot quality) early to mid-bloom legumes,
            grass vegetative or very early head, generally no rain
Fair - (feedlot or beef quality) mid- to late-bloom legumes, grass
         headed, coarse/stemmy, may show some rain damage
Utility (formerly 'Low') - very late maturity, or very coarse/stemmy, or
         considerable discoloration or rain damage
This report for mid- to late-September 2007
Fort Atkinson (NE IA) Wednesdays, 1:00PM
           (Kind and Quality of lots not stated)
     1st Cut:  SmSq $60-105/T; LgSq $80/T; LgRd $40-85/T
    2nd Cut: SmSq $70-85/T; LgSq $130/T; LgRd $40-100/T
    3rd Cut: SmSq $50-140/T; LgSq $50-140/T; LgRd $50-105/T
   4th Cut  SmSq $120/T;   LgSq $70-90/T;   LgRd $55-85/T
  Straw: SmSq $105-115/T ; (LgSq $70-95/T; LgRd $90/T Aug)
Corn Stalks: LgRd $40/T
Dyersville (NE IA ) Thursdays 10:30 AM
   (Type of hay not stated)
   Premium: LgSq RFV 169  $190/T; LgRd $90-95/T
  Good: LgSq $87.50-135/T;  LgRd $75-90/T
   Fair: LgSq $62.50-122.50/T; LgRd $60-75/T
   Utility: SmSq $1.25/bale; (LgSq $70-80/T Aug); LgRd $50-60/T
Mixed Leg/Gr:
   Good: SmSq $2.00/b $102.50/T; LgSq $122.50/T; LgRd $82.50-90/T
Grass: Good SmSq $2.50/b; LgRd $60-65/T
   Prairie Hay: Good  LgRd $115/T
   CRP: LgRd $45-52/50/T
   Oat:  (Fair LgRd $70-75/T Aug)
Straw: LgSq $26-36//bale; LgRd $16/bale
Riceville (NE IA) 1st  & 3rd Fri Sales
   Alfalfa: (SmSq $3.00-3.25/bale; LgSq $85-110/T  Aug)
  Grass:  SmSq $3.50-3.75/bale; LgSq $85-125/T
  Straw: (SmSq $2.00/bale Aug); LgRd $10-15/bale
Forest City (NC IA) (Wed eve. sales)
    Alfalfa: SmSq $3.75-4.50/bale; LgSq $35/bale; LgRd $ 35-40/b
   Mixed Legume/Gr: SmSq $3.00-3.75/b
  Grass: SmSq $3.00-3.75/bale; (LgRd $ 35/bale Aug)
  Straw: SmSq$3.00-3.75/bale

Spencer Livestock Sales (NW IA) (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)
   Alfalfa & Mixed: SmSq $3.50-4.50/bale; (LgRd $97.50-102.50/T  Aug)
  Grass: SmSq $3.50- 4.00/bale; LgRd $85-95/T
    Oat Hay: ( SmSq $2.50/bale Aug)
    Oat Hay Grinding quality: LgRd $70-75/T
   Cornstalks: SmSq $2.75-3.00/T

Rock Valley (NW IA) (Monday & Thursdays 1:00PM)
    Supreme:  (LgSq $152.50/T  Aug)
   Premium: SmSq $110-135/T; LgSq $102.50-127.50/T; LgRd $102.50-140/T
   Good: LgSq $90-95/T; LgRd $85-102.50/T
    Fair: LgSq $70/T; ( LgRd $57.50-77.50/T Aug)
   Utility: LgRd $52.50/T
Mixed Hay
   Premium: SmSq $135/T; LgSq $110/T; LgRd $105/T
   Good: LgSq $85/T; LgRd $87.50/T
   Fair: ( LgRd $70/T Aug)
 Grass Hay
  Premium: SmSq $130-145/T; LgSq $155/T; LgRd $107.50-125/T
   Good: SmSq $87.50-97.50/T; LgSq $85-105/T; LgRd $75-95/T
   Fair: LgSq $70/T; LgRd $67.50-77.50/T
 Straw: SmSq $2.45-2.70/b; LgSq $22/b; LgRd ($23/b Aug), $35-75/T
Cornstalks: ( LgRd $16/b Aug)
Maurice (NW IA) (Thurs 12:30P)
    Premium: LgSq $115/T; LgRd $105-120/T
   Good: LgRd $80-100/T
   Fair: (LgSq $75-77.50/T Aug)
Mixed Legume/Gr: Premium SmSq $125/T; LgSq $110/T
   Premium: SmSq $155/T; LgSq $102.50/T; LgRd $122.50/T
   Good:  SmSq $90/T; LgRd $95-100/T
Straw: SmSq $2.75/bale; LgSq $28/bale;  LgRd $75/T
Denison (WC IA) (Sat 11:00A)
   Alfalfa/Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $3.00-5.50/b; LgRd $80-85/bale
  Grass: SmSq $2.50-3.50/bale;  LgSq $80-85/bale
   Straw: (SmSq $3.00-3.50/bale Aug)

Stuart (WC IA) Noon Saturdays
  Alfalfa: SmSq $3.30-3.90/bale
 Mixed Leg/Gr: LgRd $61-70/b
 Grass: SmSq $2.40-3.80/bale
Perry (Central Iowa) (Sat Noon)
  Alfalfa: SmSq $2.50-5.65/bale; LgRd $76/bale
  Grass: SmSq $3.50-4.20/bale; LgRd $48/bale
 Straw: (SmSq $2.85-3.00/bale; LgRd $50-55/bale Aug)
Private Broker Sales -- Ave. of prices from
 South Central Iowa (Indianola & Adair); and North Central Iowa, (Hampton)
   Alfalfa & Mixed Grass/Legume
      Supreme: SmSq $140-165/T; LgSq $140-165/T
     Premium/Good: SmSq $125-150/T; LgSq $125-150/T; LgRd $100-125/T
 Grass: Premium SmSq $90-100/T; LgSq $ 90-100/T

Walcott (EC IA) 2nd Sat Dec-Mar; Noon
             -- Sales Resume in the December --
Keosauqua (SE IA) Sat 11:30A
   Alfalfa: SmSq $2.50-4.50/ale;
  Grass : SmSq $1.75-2.50/bale
 CRP (SmSq $2.00-2.50/bale Aug)
  Straw: SmSq $1.75-2.25/bale
Kalona (SE IA) 1st Thurs, Yr-round 11:30AM (& 3rd Thurs Oct-winter) 
           No sales in September !
Alfalfa & Mixed Legume/Gr:
           (SmSq $2.40-4.80/b; LgSq $120-157.50/T; LgRd$ 132/T Aug)
Grass:  (SmSq $2.40-2.50/bale; LgRd $47.50-70/bale Aug)
Straw:  (SmSq $1.50-3.00/bale Aug)
Creston (SW IA) 10:30AM Friday
   Alfalfa  : (SmSq $3.00/bale Aug); LgRd $80/bale
  Mixed: LgRd $44/bale
Grass: SmSq $3.90/b; LgRd $33-50/bale
  CRP: LgRd $24/bale
Oat Hay: LgRd $25/bale
Shenandoah (SW IA) Monday Sale 
          No Sales in September !
      Alfalfa & Alf/Grass Mixed:   (SmSq $3.25-4.75/bale Aug)

"Missouri Market" (Mid / Late- September 2007 USDA Market Price Report)
  Alfalfa  Supreme (RFV >185): SmSq $150-180/T
                Prem (RFV 170-180): $140-175/T
               Good/Fair:  (RFV 130-170)
                      SmSq $90-160/T; LgSq $90-160/T; LgRd $80-140/T
 Mixed Leg/Gr: Good SmSq $3.00-6.50/bale LgRd $40-75/bale
Grass :
     Good/Prem   LgSq $80-130/T
    Good  SmSq $70-120/T
     Timothy SmSq $3.00-4.50/bale
    Mixed grass:  Good SmSq $70-120/T
                          Fair LgRd $30-60/bale
     Prairie hay: SmSq $80-125/T; LgRd $50-75/T
    Bluestem Good/Fair LgRd $40/bale
    Bermudagrass Good LgRd $50-65/bale, $70-80/T
  Wheat Hay:  $50-70/T
Straw: SmSq $1.75-3.50/bale

"Northern & Central Illinois ( September2007USDA Market Report)
    Premium: SmSq $145-180/T: LgSq $145-170/T: LgRd $100-120/T
   Good: SmSq $120-160/T; LgSq $120-160/T: LgRd $90-120/T
   Fair: SmSq $100-130/T; LgSq $100-120/T; LgRd $70-90//T
    Utility: SmSq $80/T;  LgSq $75-120/T;  LgRd $50-80/T
Mixed Leg/Grass   
    Premium: SmSq $140-180/T; LgSq  $130-160/T
   Good: SmSq $120-150/T; LgSq $110-145/T;  LgRd $80-100/T
   Fair: SmSq $100-120T;  LgSq $100-120/T; LgRd $70-90/T
   Utility: SmSq $60-80/T; LgSq $60-80/T;  LgRd $50-60/T
     Premium: SmSq $120-160/T; LgSq $100-140/T;  LgRd $80-100/T
    Good : SmSq $100-140/T; LgSq $100-120/T;  LgRd $80-90/T
    Fair: SmSq $80-120/T; LgSq $80-100/T;  LgRd $60-75/T
    Utility;  SmSq $60-80/T; LgSq $60-80/T
 Straw: SmSq $1.50-2.50/bale, $70-80/T;  LgSq $45-70/T
Wisconsin 'Market'
Tested Auction January 07 Lomira WI (1st Friday Jan-April)
         Sales begin again in the Autumn
Tested Auction January 07 Waldo WI  (2nd Thursday Dec-April)
       Sales begin again in the Autumn
"Minnesota Market"-SW MN (Mid- to late September 2007 USDA Market Report)
   Premium: SmSq $102.50-117.50/T; LgSq $100-102.50/T; LgRd $100-117.50/T
   Good: SmSq $82.50-92.50/T; LgSq $82.50/T; LgRd $82.50-100/T
   Fair: SmSq $67.50-75/T; LgRd $72.50/T
Mixed Leg/Gr
    Premium: SmSq $112.50-137.50/T; LgRd $102.50/T
   Good:  SmSq $87.50/T; LgRd $95-100/T
    Fair: (LgRd $50-72.50/T  Aug)
   Utility: LgRd $52.50/T
    Premium: SmSq $110-120/T: (LgRd $117.50//T Aug)
  Good: SmSq $85-92.50/T; LgRd $77.50-97.50/T
   Fair:  SmSq $65-75/T; (LgSq $72.50/T Aug); LgRd $62.50-72.50/T
  Utility: LgRd $40-55/T
Straw: SmSq $2.00-2.50/bale; (LgSq $25/bale Aug); LgRd $24/bale

Houston County MN Tested Hay Auction January  07 (2nd Fri, Dec-March)
                  -- Sales resume in December --
"South Dakota Market" (Mid- to late September 2007 USDA Market Report)
       Supreme:  LgSq $150/T
       Prem: SmSq $135/T; (LgSq $125-145/T Aug); LgRd $115-125/T
       Good: LgSq $100-130/T; LgRd $90-115/T
     Grinding Hay; LgRd $75-85/T
 Grass:   Premium: LgSq $135/T
              Good: (LgSq $85/T Aug); LgRd $80-100/T
  Straw: LgSq $50-60/T
"Nebraska Market" (Mid- to late September 2007 USDA Report)
    Premium: (170-185 RFV) SmSq $125-145/T; (LgSq $145/T Aug)
   'Grinding Hay - ground & Delivered' LgRd $115-120/T
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), responded
to drought-induced hay and pasture deficit conditions by its
establishing a www website for producers to list information
concerning the need for hay or the availability of hay. The
WWW link to this site is listed below.  

         NEW WWW page format !
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
New www  page URL !

I checked this site on 27 Sept. , 2007 and found the following # of listings:
  State             Listings
Iowa                  10
Missouri             18
Illinois               16
Wisconsin        74
Minnesota          9
South Dakota    6
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 are available, (each October) but are
not 'updated' as is the WWW site version. Phone 1-800-383-5079
or (515) 281-5993 for information, or their WWW site:
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 address:
 Following a season of widespread winter-kill, followed by a summer of dry
weather, forage production and quality were lower than normal.  A forage hay-list
was established in the summer and will continue into the winter months.  
Listings are by county.  The list can be found at the following www site:
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. 2000 2nd, tons/bales
available, quality ex. RFD or CP, asking price per ton.
On 27 Sept., 2007 the following was listed.
State Listings
Iowa                      -
Missouri              -
Illinois                  2
Wisconsin         12
Minnesota          19
South Dakota     2
Nebraska           -
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 27 Sept.  listings were:

State                  Listings
Iowa                     26
Missouri             54
Illinois                 26
Wisconsin         47
Minnesota         31
South Dakota    11
Nebraska          34
A  NEW www-based Hay Listing Service

Wisconsin Farmer-to-Farmer  List or search for hay, straw
etc. from Wisconsin.  WWW iink...  http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu/

Other WWW - based Hay listing links
Bid-4-Hay   http://www.bid4hay.com/index.php?a=28&b=142&redirect_check=4

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 July 31, 2007 there was 1  listings for 300 miles distance from Ames Iowa.

If you need to look to a farther distance, Check the Manitoba Canada
www Hay directory and Hay directory for horse hay buyers:

Stephen K. Barnhart
Professor of Agronomy - Forages Extension
2104 Agronomy Hall , 100 Osborn Dr.
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1010
Phone (Office) (515) 294-7835
FAX (Office) (515) 294-9985
email address  sbarnhar@iastate.edu

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