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Most hay steady, some areas see light test

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In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, alfalfa hay, grass hay, dehydrated pellets and ground alfalfa sold steady. Hay trade was slow. Demand moderate, according the USDA Market News Service, Feb. 1. Prices given on a per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.

Northeast: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $300; good, large squares, $240-$255, large rounds, $200-$240. Good grass hay, large rounds, $200-$225. Cornstalks, rounds, $70-$90. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $340-$350; alfalfa meal, $345-$350.

Platte Valley: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $300; premium, small squares, $350; good, large rounds, $230. Good grass hay, large rounds, $200-$230. Corn stalks, large rounds, $85-$90. Alfalfa ground and delivered local hauls, $250-$275. Corn stalks, ground and delivered, $130-$140. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $340; alfalfa meal, $347.

East River area of South Dakota: Premium alfalfa, large rounds, $275-$280; good/premium, large rounds, $265; good, large rounds, $250; fair/good, large rounds, $225-$245. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 16% $315, 15% $305. Alfalfa meal, 17% $318. Good grass, large rounds, $180; fair, large rounds, $150. CRP, large rounds, $135. Cattails, large rounds, $90-$125. Cornstalks, large rounds, $70-$80. Wheat straw, large squares, $120-$125, small squares, $4.50/bale.

In Iowa, all reported forage sold steady on a light test. Buyer inquiry was moderate.

Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $285-$300; good, large squares, $225-$250. Alfalfa mix hay, large squares, $285. Good grass hay, large squares, $210, large rounds, $240 delivered. Corn stalks, large squares, $100. Straw, large squares, $135, small squares, $155.

Rock Valley: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $285-$300, large rounds, $270-$300; premium, large rounds, $235-$255; good, large rounds, $200. Premium grass, small squares, $210, large squares, $195-$230, large rounds, $230-$250; good, large squares, $165, large rounds, $170-$200; fair, large rounds, $140-$160. Premium mixed hay, in large rounds, $250-$265, fair, large rounds, $160. Cornstalks, large squares, $90, large rounds, $90-$95. Wheat straw, large squares, $130. Unharvested wheat straw, large squares, $17.

In Minnesota, all classes of hay sold steady.

Premium alfalfa, large rounds, $245; good, large rounds, $200-$225. Premium grass, large rounds, $175-$185; good, large rounds, $140-$170; fair, large rounds, $105-$120. Premium mixed alfalfa grass, large rounds, $245-$255, large rounds, $185-$215. Oat hay, large rounds, $170. Triticale, large rounds, $125. Wheat straw, large rounds, $50/bale, small squares, $3.50-$3.55. Bean Straw, large rounds, $24-$25/bale. Cornstalks, large rounds, $23-$43/bale.

In Montana, hay trades continue to be reported on a very limited basis as supplies of all types of hay scarce across Montana. Demand very good for hay of all qualities.

Good alfalfa, in large squares, $200. Premium timothy grass, small squares, $240. Straw barley, large squares, $70. Wheat straw, large squares, $60.

In Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, all classes are trading steady to weak. Supplies are light on all classes with the majority of the remaining supplies consisting of third and fourth cutting hay.

Eastern Wyoming: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $250-$265; premium/fair, large squares, $195-$240. Premium/fair alfalfa grass, large squares, $225-$240. Grass hay, large squares, $240-$245, large rounds, $220-$250. CRP hay, large rounds, $215-$240 delivered. Corn stalks, large squares, $100, large rounds, $100. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $345 delivered wholesale. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central/western Wyoming: Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, $175-$250; fair/premium, large squares, $200-$220. Premium alfalfa-grass, large squares, $190-$225, small squares, $250. Premium/good grass hay, $200. Wheat straw, large squares, $65-$70. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western Nebraska: Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, $240-$285, large rounds, $240; good/premium, large squares, $240-$250, ground and delivered, $220. Corn stalks, large squares, $100-$110. Wheat straw, large squares, $80-$110. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western South Dakota: No trades were reported.

In Colorado, hay prices continue to be very steady, with movement remaining very limited.

Northeast: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $250-$275, $300-$350 delivered; good/premium, large squares, $225-$250. Premium grass, small squares, $350-$450. Cane hay, large rounds, $165-$190. Corn stalks, large rounds, $85-$100, $110-$125 delivered. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southeast: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $225-$250; good/premium, large squares, $220-$225; fair/good, large squares, $200-$210. Further processed supreme, large squares, $300; good/premium, large squares, $275; premium, small squares, $275-$300. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $230-$250, small squares, $250-$270; good/premium, large squares, $200-$225. Oat hay, large squares, $180-$190. Oat alfalfa mix, large squares, $200. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southwest: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $230-$245; premium, large squares, $200-$225, small squares, $275-$300. Premium grass, small squares, $300. No reported quotes from other classes of hay.

Mountains/northwest: Premium grass, large squares, $250-$300, small squares, $300-$350. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

In Missouri, hay supplies are light to moderate large lots of hay are not widely available and it may take several calls to piece together a large order. Demand is moderate for all hay types, with dairymen the only ones actively seeking to meet their needs. Prices are steady.

Premium alfalfa, RFV 170-185 $225-$300; good, RFV 150-170, $195-$255; fair RFV 130-150, $125-$180. Good mixed grass hay, $100-$190; fair/good mixed grass hay, $100-$145; fair mixed grass hay, large rounds, $55-$75/bale. Wheat straw, small squares, $3-$5/bale. Corn stalks stover $60-$100/ton, large rounds $25-$40.

In Oklahoma, alfalfa movement remained very light this week. Grass hay movement light to moderate. Demand for alfalfa light, demand for grass hay mostly light to moderate.

Central: Alfalfa prices steady. Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, $245-$275. Good, squares and rounds, $190-$225. Utility/fair, $160-$175. Horse small squares, $400-$500. Grass hay prices steady. Fair/good mixed grass hay, round bales 4 x 5, $40-$70/bale; good, 5 x 6 bales, $60-$80/bale, horse quality, $70-$100/bale. Good mixed grass hay, $90-$115/ton. Good bermuda, by the ton, $115-$135. Good quality wheat hay and rye mix, large rounds, $50-$70/bale.

Eastern: Alfalfa prices steady where tested. Good, $250; fair alfalfa, $210-$220, small squares, horse quality, $12-$20/bale. Grass hay prices steady. Fair/good mixed grass hay 4 x 5 bales, $40-$60/bale; 5 x 6 bales, $50-$70. Bermuda grass, small squares, $7-$9/bale. Prairie hay and mixed grass, small squares, $4-$7/bale.

Western: Alfalfa hay prices steady. Premium/supreme alfalfa, untested; fair, including grassy alfalfa, $200-$225. Utility, $175-$200, small squares horse hay, $15-$20 in small loads. Grass hay prices steady, instances, $10 lower. Mixed grass, 4 x 5 bales, $40-$60/bale; fair/good Bermuda 5 x 6, $60-$80/bale. Fair/good prairie hay, 5 x 6 bales, $50-$70/bale. Good wheat hay 4 x 5 $50-$60/bale. Bermuda, small square horse quality $13-$18/bale. Corn stalks, $70-$75/ton.

In Texas, hay prices mostly steady, except some dairy quality alfalfa traded weak to $25/ton lower on a delivered basis in the Panhandle. Trade is light to moderate with movement continuing to be slow.

Panhandle/High Plains: Good/premium, small squares, delivered, $9-$10/bale, large bales, FOB $250-$275, large bales, delivered, $250-$275; premium/supreme, large bales, FOB, $270-$290, large bales, delivered, $275-$300; fair/good, large bales delivered, $225-$250; fair/good, large bales, $225-$250. Good alfalfa-grass, large bales delivered, $200-$210. Ground and delivered to feedlots, north, $235-$250; south, $250-$270. Prairie hay, large bales, delivered, $195-$200. Milo hay, large bales, delivered, $125-$130. Milo stalks, large bales, delivered, $115. CRP hay, large bales, delivered, $80-$85. Wheat straw, small bales, delivered, $5.65/bale. Cotton burrs, ground and delivered, $100-$115.

Far west Texas/Trans Pecos: Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, FOB, $280-$390, large squares, FOB $240-$280.

North/central/east: Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares delivered, limited test, $8-$12/bale, large squares, delivered, $300-$325; good/premium, large squares, $275-$300. Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $230-$265, large rounds, FOB, $60-$90/roll; fair/good, small squares, $5-$7; good, large rounds, $50-$60/roll.

South: Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $230-$265, large rounds, FOB and delivered locally, $120-$160; fair/good, small squares, $165-$230; good, large rounds FOB, $50-$60/roll.

Date: 2/11/2013



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