Source: USDA ESMIS | April 24, 2020
Hay trades are mostly steady in all regions with production kicking off in South and West Texas. Pricing on new crop hay in South Texas is in line with old crop due to very good demand as a result of persistent drought-like conditions in the region. However, pricing has yet to be established on new crop hay in West Texas. Hay trades in the Panhandle continue to be 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 Northern 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 210.00-215.00.
Wheat: Large Bales: Delivered: 125.00-150.00.
Brome: Large Bales: Delivered: 185.00.
Sorghum: Large Bales: Delivered: Good: 130.00-140.00; Fair: 100.00-120.00.
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.