Mid- to late-January, 2014 Hay Price Update

Mid- to Late- January, 2014 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 $125-195/T; LgSq $130-170/T;  LgRd $80-140/T

            2nd Cut:  SmSq $130/T; LgSq $145-215/T; LgRd  $95-190/T

            3rd Cut: SmSq $175-250/T; LgSq $130-210/T; LgRd $95-165/T

            4th Cut: (SmSq $245/T Dec) ; LgSq $205-240/T; LgRd $115/T

Grass: Good:  SmSq $135-165/T; LgSq $80-135/T; LgRd $75-155/T

Oat Hay: LgRd $85/T

Straw:   SmSq $160-220/T;  LgSq $110-130/T: LgRd $60-80/T

Cornstalks: (LgSq $30/T Dec);  LgRd $55-70/T


Dyersville (NE IA ) Thursdays 10:30 AM


    Premium :   LgSq $208-265/T

     Good:    LgSq $135-180/T; LgRd $125-205/T

      Fair: LgSq $100-150/T;  LgRd  $90-120/T

      Utility: LgSq $70-120/T;  LgRd $60-90/T

Mixed Legume/Gr

     Good:  LgSq $145-270/T; LgRd $125-205/T


     Good: LgRd $100-140/T

     Fair: LgRd $80-115/T

Oat Hay: LgSq $102.50/T; LgRd $85-100/T

Prairie Hay:  (LgSq $ 100-175/T Dec);  LgRd $85-105/T

CRP:  LgSq $87.50/T; LgRd $ 60/T

Straw: LgSq  $25-55/b; LgRd $30/bale

Cornstalks: LgRd $39-42/B 


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

    Alfalfa & Mixed : SmSq $$3.00-4.00/bale; LgSq $90/b,$300/t

   Grass: LgSq $75/bale; LgRd $ 170/T

   Straw:   LgSq $135/T


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

   Alf :  SmSq $4.50-5.50/bale; LgSq $ 60-75/b; LgRd $70-75/b

Grass:  SmSq $3.25-4.50/b; LgRd $50-60/bale

Straw: SmSq $3.50/bale

  Cornstalks: SmSq $2.25-2.50/bale;  (LgRd $25/b Dec)


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

    Alfalfa: LgRd $130-155/T

   Mixed Legume/Gr: (SmSq $6.25/b; LgRd $185/T   Dec)

   Rye/Alfalfa: (LgRd $140-160/t    Dec)

   Grass: SmSq $4.00-5.75/bale; (LgRd $165/T Dec)

   Straw: (SmSq $4.00-4.25.b Dec)

  Cornstalks: (SmSq $3.50-4.25/b Dec); LgRd $20-25/b,


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


    Supreme: SmSq $200-220/T;  LgSq $180/T

    Premium:  (LgSq $185/T Dec);  LgRd $140-165/T   

    Good: LgSq $132.50-140/T; LgRd $127.50-130/T

   Fair:   LgSq $120-125/T; LgRd $115-125/T

   Utility: LgRd $110/T

Mixed Hay

     Premium:  LgRd $150-200/T

     Good:  (LgSq $155/T Dec); LgRd $120-132.50/T

     Fair:    LgRd $95/T

Grass Hay

      Premium: SmSq $160-180/T;  LgRd $130-150/T

     Good:  (SmSq $150-165/T; LgSq $120-150/T Dec); LgRd $110-125/ T

     Fair: LgSq $105/T; LgRd $87.50-105/T

    Utility : LgSq $30-80/T; LgRd $50-85/T

Millet Hay: Fair  (LgRd $87.50/T Dec)

Straw:   SmSq $1.20/b; LgSq $40-95/T; LgRd $65-80/T

Cornstalks : LgRd $50-52.50/T


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

Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $3.00-7.00/b; LgSq $75-95/b; LgRd $105-150/b

Grass:  SmSq $2.00-4.00/bale; LgSq $75/b;  LgRd $60-110/b

Straw: SmSq $5.75/bale; (LgRd $75/b Dec)

Cornstalks: LgRd $ 26/bale


Perry (Central Iowa) (Sat Noon)

Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $3.00-7.00/B; (LgSq $80-125/b Dec); LgRd $60-90/b

Grass: SmSq $2.00-4.50/b; (LgSq $60-90/b Dec); LgRd $40-125/bale

Straw:  SmSq $3.50/bale

Cornstalks: LgRd $15-16/bale


Private Broker Sales -- Ave. of prices from

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


     Premium: LgSq $325/T delivered

     Good:  LgSq $200/T, $240/T delivered

     Fair: LgSq $150 

 Mixed Leg/Gr : LgSq $200/T

Straw: SmSq $175\T Delivered; LgSq $135/T delivered


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

Alfalfa & Mixed  Leg/Gr: SmSq $3.50-4.50/bale; LgSq $150-255/T;   LgRd $135-180/T 

Grass: LgSq $100-125/T;   LgRd $70-105/T

Straw:  (SmSq $4.00/b Dec); LgSq $35-52/b

Cornstalks: LgRd $35-42/T

CRP:  ($85-110/T Dec)


Shell Rock, (EC IA) 2nd & 4th  Sat

Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr

1st cut   SmSq $3.10-5.00/bale; LgRd $37.50-82.50/bale

2nd cut   SmSq $4.10-5.30/bale; LgSq $55-75/bale

3rd cut   SmSq  $4.40-5.90/bale; LgSq $45-57.50/bale; LgRd $80-85/bale

4th cut   LgRd $65/bale

Grass:  SmSq $2.40-4.50/bale; LgSq $32.50-67.50/b; LgRd $20-67.50/bale

Straw:  SmSq $3.50-5.00/bale

Cornstalks:  SmSq $3.50/bale;  LgRd $21/bale


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

      January  11 auction

Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr: SmSq $5.00-6.25/bale; LgSq $80-85/bale; LgRd $70-75/bale

Grass:  SmSq $4.00-5.00/bale; LgSq $85/bale;    (LgRd $70-75/bale Dec)

Straw: SmSq $3.50-4.00/bale


Keosauqua (SE IA) Sin that 11:30A

  Alfalfa & Mixed Lg/Gr:  SmSq $3.00-6.50/b; LgSq $85-90/bale

  Grass :  SmSq $3.00-5.00/bale;  LgRd $30-55/bale

  Straw $2.50-3.50/bale; LgRd $30-35/b

  Cornstalks: LgRd $15-30/B


Kalona Auction (SE IA) Thursdays 11:00 AM   

   Alfalfa:  (SmSq $5.00/b Dec) ; LgSq $70-85 /B; LgRd $42.50-87.50/bale

   Mixed Leg/Gr:  SmSq $3.75-6.50/bale; LgSq $ 40-85/bale;  LgRd $60-105/bale

   Grass:  SmSq $3.50-6.50/b; LgSq $17.50-62.50/b;  LgRd $27.50-85/bale

   Baleage: type not stated         LgRd $20-37.50/bale

   CRP:      LgSq $16/b

   Straw: SmSq $3.25-5.75/b; LgSq $21-40/bale; LgRd $25/bale

   Cornstalks:  LgSq $20-25/bale; LgRd $28/bale

  Soybean ’Straw’: LgRd $12.50-20/bale


Yoder Auction (Frytown) 

Alfalfa: SmSq $4.75-8.00/b; (LgSq $80-110/b Dec); LgRd $77.50-195/b

Mixed Leg/Gr:  (LgRd $80-125/b Dec)

Grass: SmSq $4.10-4.50/b ;  LgRd $47.50-75/bale

CRP: LgRd $42.50/b

Straw:  (SmSq $2.75-4.40/bale  Dec)

Cornstalks: LgRd $26-32.50/bale


Creston (SW IA) 10:30AM Friday

  Alfalfa & Mixed Leg/Gr:  SmSq$6.50-6.75/bale;   LgRd $70-75/b

 Grass: SmSq $3.00-4.50/bale; LgRd $50-65/bale

Oat Hay: LgRd $45/bale

  Straw:  SmSq $3.85-4.50/b

  Cornstalks: LgRd $23-35/bale


Red Oak (SW IA) Saturday sales

Alfalfa & Mixed Legume/Gr: SmSq $4.75-5.75/bale: LgRd $50/b

Grass:  SmSq $4.00-4.75/bale; LgRd $50-60/bale

Straw: $4.00-4.25/bale

Cornstalks: LgRd $20/b


"Missouri Market" (Mid- to late- January, 2014  USDA Market Price Report)


Supreme (RFV >185):    $225-275/T

Premium ( RFV 170-185):   $175-250/T

Good: (RFV 150-170):    $160-200/T  

Fair :  (RFV 130-150) $100-170/T

Grass :

   Good :  $75-100/T

   Good/Fair LgRd $50-75/bale

  Fair:  LgRd   $30-45/bale

Straw: SmSq $3.00-5.00/bale


Central Illinois (January, 2014  USDA Market Report)


    Premium: SmSq $4.75-7.25/bale; (LgSq $75-77.50/b Dec)

  Good: SmSq $2.50-4.75/b; (LgSq $55/b Dec); LgRd $52.50-75/b

Fair: SmSq $1.00/b

Mixed Leg/Grass   

    Premium:  SmSq $2.25-6.00/b; LgSq $42.50-65/b; LgRd $$70-77.50/b

    Good: SmSq $2.00-4.75/bale; (LgSq $38/b Dec); LgRd $37.50-40/b


  Premium: SmSq $4.00-6.25/bale

   Good : SmSq $2.30-3.75/bale; LgSq $27.50-35/bale; LgRd $17-67.50/b

   Fair: SmSq ($4.25-4.30/b Dec); LgRd $ 20/b 

Straw: SmSq $2.40-4.00/bale; LgSq $28/35bale; LgRd $23-31/bale

Cornstalks: LgRd $16-24.50/b


Wisconsin 'Market'

    Sheboygan Co – Waldo

Jan 8, 2014 auction

Alfalfa  2nd cut LgRd $50/bale  (est. $250/T)

            3rd cut LgRd $90/bale (est. $225/T)


"Minnesota (Pipestone)"-SW MN (Mid- to late January, 2014  USDA Market Report)


    Premium: (SmSq $180-210/T;  LgSq $195/T Dec)

    P/G: (LgSq $ 180-185/T; LgRd $160-185/T  Dec)

Good:  (SmSq $155-165/T Dec); LgRd $160-180/T

    Fair: SmSq $155/T; LgRd $140-155/T

   Utility:   LgRd $80-125/T

Mixed Leg/Gr

   Premium: LgRd $ 215/T

   Good:  LgRd $145-160/T

   Fair: LgRd  $130/T

  Utility:  LgRd $115/T


     Premium:  SmSq $195/T; LgRd $160-190/T

    Good: SmSq $150-170/T; LgRd $120-145/T

   Fair:  (SmSq $135/T Dec);  LgRd $100-115/T

    Utility: LgRd $75-100/T

Straw: SmSq $3.10-4.20/bale; LgRd $42.50-50/bale

  Cornstalks: LgRd $25-42.50/bale


"South Dakota - East River” (Mid- to late- January, 2014  USDA Market Report)


    Premium:   SmSq $7.50/bale; LgSq $260/T 

    Good:   LgSq $220-250/T, $300 delivered; (LgRd $250/T Dec)

   Good/Fair: (LgRd $225/T delivered Dec)

  Fair /Utility:  LgRd $110-150/T 

Mixed Leg/Gr: 

    Good:  LgSq $190/T  delivered


   Good:  LgSq $180/T delivered; LgRd $150/T 

   Good/Fair:  LgRd $130/T

Oat Hay: (LgRd $120/T Dec)

Straw:  SmSq $4.50-5.10/b; LgSq $110-120/T; LgRd$105/T

Cornstalks: LgSq $70/T; LgRd $70/T

Cattail/Slough Hay:  LgRd $65/T


Nebraska Market" (Mid- to late January, 2014  USDA Report)


 Premium: (LgSq $240-250/T; LgRd $160/T  Dec)

Good:  (LgSq $210-230/T Dec);  LgRd $1300/T

Fair: (LgSq $160/T Dec); LgRd $100-125/T


    Good: LgRd $90-125/T

   Fair: SmSq $170-175/T; LgRd $75/T

Oat Hay: (LgRd $80/T (high nitrate) Dec)

‘Cane  Hay’: LgRd $80/T 

Cornstalks: LgRd $55-65/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 January 30 , 2014 and found the following # of listings:  

State                              Listings

Iowa                                      6

Missouri                              20

Illinois                                   2

Wisconsin                            4

Minnesota                           5

South Dakota                     2

Nebraska                             11



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   January 30 , 2014   the following was listed.

State                                 Listings

Iowa                                    0

Missouri                             1

Illinois                               1

Wisconsin                         0

Minnesota                        0

South Dakota                    1

Nebraska                          0


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


Video Hay Auction

             Collaboration between a So. Dak. Livestock producer and

           a Wyoming Hay Broker. Seller pays for inspection and filming,

          the auction takes a commission.   Contact Tom (Western Hay Brokers}

           tom@westernhaybrokers.com;   or by phone 605-580-0152.


Twin Cities Hay Exchange

A group in Minnesota has been founded by John Strohfus to use

‘Facebook’ on the internet as a  way to connect  quickly with a

large number of people for hay marketing. If you use Facebook,

check it out at…..


facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F612415898768753  ;  or contact by phone

(612-384-5023), or email   john@strohfusstockfarm.com


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  January 30 , 2014    listings were:


State                           Listings

Iowa                               108

Missouri                         158

Illinois                            125

Wisconsin                       104

Minnesota                      82

South Dakota                56

Nebraska                      129




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   January 30 , 2014  there was 1 listing

for hay within 300 miles of Ames Iowa.


Hay for Sale


A  www-based hay listing  service.  Sellers ‘register’ and pay a fee for ads/listings.  

Buyers search the ‘Browse’ link on the page. You are taken to the current

listings. BY ‘clicking’ on the photo, details about the listing are  provided. 

There were 2 active auctions on January 30. 2014


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  January 30 , 2014 there were a few ‘old’ listings labeled  ‘Multistate’; one was a

recent listing.


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 January 30 , 2014   the initial ‘search’

screen’s  Zip code  etc. look up/search system seems to be working.  27 lots were

found 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 ‘account’.


Hay For Sale .net


On January 30 , 2014 there were 15 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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