Iowa hay offerings were tighter this past week and prices were higher even though the quality was lower. Supreme alfalfa could only be found in small squares and that supply, baled last year, was tight. The supply of large squares was limited, regardless of the quality of hay. The end of this week in Iowa was wet with the forecast for the rest of May also indicating wide spread rain and slightly below normal for temperatures. While this weather pattern may encourage the growth of pastures, it wrecks havoc in the harvesting of first cutting.
Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 16, 2019 Receipts: 78 loads Last Week: 80 loads Last Year: 59 loads Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 6 loads 205.00-250.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 187.50. Premium: Large Rounds, 9 loads 170.00-182.50. Good: Large Rounds, 8 loads 155.00-165.00. Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 147.50; Large Rounds, 8 loads 130.00-145.00. Grass: Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 207.50. Good: Large Rounds, 18 loads 150.00-180.00; Large Squares, 1 load 152.50. Fair: Large Rounds, 7 loads 130.00-147.50; Large Squares, 5 loads 135.00-140.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 125.00. Alfalfa / Grass Mix: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 147.50-155.00. Straw: Large Squares, 2 loads 155.00-162.50; Large Rounds, 1 load 120.00. Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 7 load 40.00-47.50.