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Hay Market Reports

What affected hay market prices last month? Why? Find out some facts in these monthly reports and charts.

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While the 2017 growing season begins to awaken, hay prices remain in a slumber.

The pickup in buyer interest in early February failed to spring life into hay prices, which remain the lowest in six years. While widespread winter precipitation improved moisture conditions in many areas, the south-central U.S. continues to report drought conditions.

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Widespread winter precipitation improved moisture conditions throughout the U.S., providing optimism for the 2017 growing season. Meanwhile, hay prices generally remained low and steady, but buyer interest was picking up in early February, suggesting the marketing year was beginning to thaw.

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USDA’s crop production and hay stocks reports will update 2016 hay and forage production totals, hay inventories and alfalfa new seeding acreage estimates on Jan. 12, 2017. For now, most hay growers and marketers can be happy 2016 is in their rear-view mirror.

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Harvest season has wound down, but hay markets have not yet heated up heading into the final month of 2016. Here’s a list of factors (some naughty, some nice) impacting hay producers and marketers as winter approaches.

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The USDA’s next crop production report will be released Nov. 9, a day after the presidential election. Here’s a snapshot of issues impacting hay producers as the ballots are counted.

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The 2016 hay and forage season is winding down. With large inventories, producers in some regions are considering leaving the last crop in the fields.

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