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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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Dairy is the dog that wags the western U.S. hay market tail, but exports are starting to add more waggle.

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It’s not yet coming in waves, but domestic and foreign ripples are impacting the U.S. hay market.

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U.S. hay producers intend to harvest 53.5 million acres of all hay in 2017, up less than 1 percent from 2016, according to the USDA’s Acreage report.

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The 2017 hay market focus has turned from pre-season estimates to in-season harvest information. Late spring breathed some life into prices but, as always, Mother Nature will have the final say on yield and quality.

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The winter of 2016-2017 was tough on hay marketers and Upper Midwest hay growers. With rain, cold weather and even snow slowing spring fieldwork and crop progress, growers faced additional challenges, while marketers began to see price improvement.

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Producers are in the fields, and 2017 pre-season hay harvest acreage estimates are out. Moisture levels are the best they’ve been in years – unless you’re in a drought area. Exports provide promise, but prices remain in the doldrums.

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