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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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It’s the fourth quarter of 2017, and the forage harvest season is starting to wind down. Here’s a look back at prices and marketing conditions.

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Late August and early September threw more curveballs at hay growers, with hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast and Southeast, fire and smoke impacting haying activity and hay quality in the Northwest, and the drought lingering in the Northern Plains.

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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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