Source: USDA | April 17, 2020
Compared to last week, hay trades are steady in all regions. Light to moderate precipitation was reported across all the regions this week. The Panhandle received one to three inches of snow accompanied by two nights of freezing temperatures. The impact of the freeze on the pastures and wheat aren’t quite known yet. Hay trades in the Panhandle and West Texas have been limited due to uncertainty in the cattle markets. Dairies in the region are liquidating cows as milk demand has fallen off in part due to school closures. Excessive amounts of moisture in the North and Central regions is hampering the harvest of small grain forages and corn and sorghum planting.
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: Supreme: 240.00-260.00; Premium: 200.00-230.00; Good: 175.00-200.00.
Small bales: Delivered: Premium: 260.00-275.00, 8.00-10.00 per bale.
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 185.00-195.00. Calf 200.00-210.00.
Sorghum: Large Bales: Delivered: Good: 120.00-130.00; Fair: 100.00.
Cotton Burrs: Delivered: limited 95.00-105.00.
Small Bales: Coastal: Delivered: Good: 9.00-10.00 per bale.
Small Bales: Beardless Wheat: Premium: 10.00-11.00 per bale.
CRP: Delivered: 80.00-125.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme: 275.00-300.00, 9.00-10.00 per bale.
Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme: 250.00-265.00.
Triticale: Large Rounds: FOB: 65.00 per roll.
North, Central, and East Texas
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme: 255.00-270.00, instances 280.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Premium: 260.00-330.00, 8.00-
10.00 per bale; Good: 200.00-260.00, 6.00-10.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium: 120.00-140.00, 60.00-70.00 per roll.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium: 260.00-330.00, 8.00-10.00 per bale; Fair to Good: 165.00-260.00, 5.00-8.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium: 140.00-
180.00, 80.00-95.00 per roll; Fair or Grass Mix: 100.00-130.00,
50.00-60.00 per roll.