Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, June 14, 2018

Receipts:  91 loads    Last Week:  72 loads    Last Year:  103 loads

Alfalfa:  Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 155.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 5 loads 132.50-145.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 127.50-140.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 4 loads 115.00-125.00; Large Rounds, 21 loads 105.00-125.00.  Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 102.50; Large Rounds, 2 loads 85.00-87.50.  Baleage: 1 load 67.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 160.00-162.50.  Good: Large Rounds, 3 loads 135.00-145.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 20 loads 120.00-130.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 3 loads 110.00-117.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 112.50.

Rye Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.

Straw: Large Squares, 3 loads 62.50-75.00; 1 load 130.00.  Large Rounds, 2 loads 55.00; 1 load 125.00.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 45.00-57.50.

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program To June 22

On Wednesday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22.

The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to provisions of the MPP program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to strengthen its support of dairy producers.

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Clinic To Help NW Iowa Livestock Producers Improve Corn Silage Quality

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the NW IA Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.

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Ag Secretary Perdue Extends MPP Sign Up Deadline To June 8

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue extended the deadline for producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Program – Dairy (MPP) for one week. The program provides a much needed safety net for dairy producers, and signup will continue until Friday, June 8, 2018, for them to elect coverage. All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.

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Sen. Ernst Joins Call for MPP Extension

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of Senators urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to extend the June 1 deadline for re-enrollment in the Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP), which provides more cost-effective protections for Wisconsin dairy farmers. The USDA provided similar extensions in 2014 and 2016.

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Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 24, 2018

Receipts:  56 loads    Last Week:  59 loads    Last Year:  110 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 4 loads 162.50-177.50; Large Rounds, 2 loads 170.00-175.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 137.50-155.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 6 loads 110.00-127.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 1 load 185.00.  Good: Large Rounds, 11 loads 137.50-165.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 11 loads 112.50-130.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 90.00-105.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Good: Large Squares, 1 load 135.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-145.00

Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 30.00.

Wheat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 25.00.

Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 4 loads 47.50-57.50.


PEAQ Evaluations Aid Producers In Putting Up Quality Alfalfa

Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the  Relative Feed Value (RFV), for the first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Climatic variations impact alfalfa growth and development making it impossible to use a calendar date each spring to best determine when to harvest the first crop. The PEAQ method uses alfalfa stand height and maturity stage to estimate the RFV. It is most appropriate for good stands of pure alfalfa with healthy growth.

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Master Hoof Care Program Set For June 6-7 In Ames

Research has proven that with each incidence of lameness the loss of milk production, lowered conception rate, and treatment cost exceeds $120 and over 90 percent of foot rot cases, digital dermatitis and sole ulcer cases can be treated.

Finding cows early and treating them right away will shorten the duration of disease and limit the probability of relapse, but the knowledge and training of the hoof trimmers in paramount in a herd program that lowers lameness.

A Master Hoof Care training will be held on June 6-7 at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa. This course is a hands-on training program for instruction in hoof care and trimming.

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