Source: USDA ESMIS | May 1, 2020
Compared to last report, hay trades are mostly steady in all regions, and firm in South Texas. First cutting has started in South and West Texas, and trades in both regions have been in line with old crop prices.
The impact of the freeze that we saw a few weeks ago in the Panhandle,
North, and Central Texas has impacted some Bermuda grass and wheat crops in the areas.
According to the Texas Crop and Weather report, freeze damages to wheat yields are predicted to be around 10 percent. Demand has been limited in the Panhandle as feedlots and dairies are still buying hay on an as need basis until uncertainties in the cattle markets are better understood.
Excessive amounts of rain have continued in the North and Central regions. Producers in those areas are expecting first cutting to be somewhat delayed to around the first of June.
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. The
online service is free to use.
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.
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.