Fri, Feb 01, 2019 USDA Market News
Compared to last report: Alfalfa sold steady to 5.00 lower. Coastal Bermuda sold steady to 10.00 higher. Supply of hay was light to moderate on moderate to good demand. Alfalfa prices declined as producers are cleaning out barns anticipating new crop. The panhandle needs moisture to benefit local wheat pastures. Coastal Bermuda prices increased due to supply being low and freight. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 270.00-285.00; Good to Premium 220.00-270.00.
Small bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 315.00-330.00, 9.50-10.00 per bale.
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 220.00-235.00. Calf 235.00-245.00.
Wheat: Ground: Delivered: 180.00-200.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 180.00-260.00; Fair to Good 165.00-180.00.
Sudan: Large Bales: Delivered: 135.00-145.00.
CRP: Large Bales: Delivered: 85.00-90.00.
Cotton Burrs: Delivered: 75.00-85.00.
Prairie: Round Bales: Delivered: 115.00.
Oat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 190.00.
Milo Stalks: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme 290.00-360.00, 8.75-11.00 per bale.
Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 275.00-280.00; Fair to Good 220.00-250.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-310.00; Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 400.00, 12.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 297.00-330.00, 9.00-10.00 per bale.
Small Squares: Delivered: Premium 400.00, 12.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 140.00-200.00, 70.00-100.00 per roll; Fair to Good 120.00-140.00, 60.00-70.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 264.00-330.00, 8.00-10.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-231.00, 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00-200.00, 60.00-100.00 per roll; Fair to Good 100.00-120.00, 50.00-60.00 per roll.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence hay price or value more than testing results.
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.