Oct. 10, 2019
Compared to last report, hay trades were mostly steady to firm. Trading activity moderate on light demand. A wide variety of hay quality is on the market from sporadic weather events across all regions. Large varieties in quality have effected hay pricing and demand. The Panhandle saw dryer weather this week accompanied by the first freeze of the year. According to Texas Agrilife, wheat farmers in North Texas are replanting due to sorry stands from dry weather and armyworms. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has a Hay Hotline set up for buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-512-787-9966.
– Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme: 240.00- 260.00; Good: 175.00-190.00. Small bales: Delivered: Premium: 272.00, 8.25 per bale.
– Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 175.00-200.00. Calf 215.00-225.00.
– Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme: 140.00-160.00.
– Wheat: Large Bales: Delivered: Beardless 200.00-225.00. Bearded 115.00-130.00. Rained on 90.00-100.00.
– Wheat Straw: Large Bales: Delivered: 90.00-100.00.
– Sorghum: Large Bales: Delivered: Green 150.00; Brown 95.00-115.00.
– Oat: Large Bales: Delivered: 170.00-175.00.
– Mixed Grass: Large Bales: Delivered: 130.00.
– CRP: Large Bales: Delivered: 85.00-90.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos
– Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme 290.00-330.00, 10.00-11.00 per bale. Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 250.00-265.00.
North, Central, and East Texas
– Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 255.00- 270.00.
– Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 6.00-10.00 per bale.
– Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 60.00-70.00 per roll.
– Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 8.00-10.00 per bale; Fair to Good 5.00-8.00 per bale.
– Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00- 160.00, 60-80.00 per roll; Fair or Grass mix 100.00-110.00, 50.00- 55.00 per roll.
Hay Quality Designation’s physical descriptions
-Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra leafy. Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. Hay is excellent color and free of damage.
-Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative of a high nutritive content. Hay is green and free of damage.
-Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed, free of damage other than slight discoloration.
-Fair: Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.
-Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This category could include hay discounted due to excessive damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will be identified in market reports when using this category.