Hay market prices remain mostly steady for alfalfa and steady for grass hay. Trade remains steady, although some area trades have slowed, demand remains good. Rains this season have produced a lot of grinding quality hay which is contributing to a softening of that market, while dairy quality hay remains difficult to come by. This week’s hot dry weather has allowed grass hay producers to attack the prairie hay, with most reporting an average yield. Recent rains have confined abnormally dry conditions to a wide band bisecting the state from the north central border to the south-central border along with continued dryness in the northwest. Heat advisories for much of the state go into effect this week with heat indices of 100 to 108 degrees expected. According to the US Drought Monitor for the week of July 20th, abnormal dryness (D0) decreased to 30%, while moderate drought (D1) remained at .50%. Kansas remains fortunate as conditions in North Dakota continue to worsen. Cattle producers are struggling under severe drought and the State has reactivated their drought hotline. Information on the Drought Hotline can be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/drought-resources. Join agriculture leaders from across the state for the Kansas Governor’s Summit on Agricultural Growth August 25th and 26th. More information about the Summit and registration can be found at www.agriculture.ks.gov/Summit. See the full report HERE.