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Most hay selling steady, some areas hay scarce

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, alfalfa hay, grass hay, dehydrated pellets and ground alfalfa sold steady. Corn stalk bales unevenly steady. Demand was light to moderate, according the USDA Market News Service, Jan. 11. Prices given on a per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.

Northeast: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $300; good, large rounds, $200-$240. Good grass hay, large rounds, $200-$225. Cornstalks, rounds, $70-$95. 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: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $285-$300; premium, large rounds, $280, small squares, $8/bale; good, large squares and rounds, $250; fair/good, large rounds, $245. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 16% $315, 15% $305. Alfalfa meal, 17% $318. Good alfalfa-grass, large rounds, $235; good grass, large rounds, $150. Cornstalks, large rounds, $70-$75. Wheat straw, large squares, $115-$125.

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

South central/north central: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $285-$300; good, large squares, $225-$250. Alfalfa mix hay, large squares, $285. Grass hay, good, large squares, $210, large rounds, $240 delivered. Corn stalks, large squares, $100. Straw, in large squares, $135, small squares, $155.

Rock Valley: Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $280-$295, large rounds, $275-$295; premium, small squares, $265. Premium grass, large rounds, $215-$240, good, large squares, $150-$195, large rounds, $170-$205. Premium mixed hay, large squares, $290, large rounds, $220-$275; good, large rounds, $150-$195. Oat hay, large rounds, $147.50. Wheat hay, large squares, $120. Cornstalks, large squares, $77.50-$87.50, large rounds, $77.50-$87.50. Wheat straw, large squares, $50-$110.

In Minnesota, all classes of hay sold steady.

Premium alfalfa, large squares, $250, small squares, $250, large rounds, $220-$230; good, large rounds, $195-$210, large squares, $205; fair, large rounds, $170-$185. Premium grass, small squares, $205, large squares, $200, large rounds, $180-$195; good, large rounds, $150-$175; fair, large rounds, $175. Premium mixed alfalfa grass, large rounds, $215-$235, small squares, $230; good, large rounds, $190-$205; fair, large rounds, $165-$170, small squares, $175. Oat hay, large rounds, $160-$165. Cornstalks, large rounds, $21-$36/bale. Cattails, large rounds, $16/bale. Straw, small squares, $3.55-$3.95/bale, large squares, $25-$41.

In Montana, very limited reported trade hay 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 steady with the bulk of the market trading on the lower end of the price spreads. Supplies are light on all classes with the majority of the remaining supplies consisting of third and fourth cutting hay. Moderate demand with slow to moderate trading activity.

Eastern Wyoming: Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $265-$280; premium/fair, large squares, $195-$240. Grass hay, large squares, $240-$245, large rounds, $220-$250. CRP hay, large rounds, $200-$215 delivered. Corn stalks, large squares, $100-$125, 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: Premium alfalfa, large squares, $240-$260; premium/supreme, large rounds, $240; ground and delivered, $220. Grass hay, large rounds, $150. Alfalfa-grass, large rounds, $150. Corn stalks, large rounds, $100. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

In Colorado, hay prices are steady to weak, with movement continuing to be very limited. The majority of buyers are continuing to purchase hay on an as needed basis. Supplies are shortening with many producers holding on to remaining hay for their own winter feeding needs.

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; 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, increased activity in hay market. Supply is light, demand is moderate, and prices are uneven.

Premium alfalfa, RFV 170-185 $225-$300; good, RFV 150-170, $175-$255; fair RFV, $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 light under light to moderate demand. Supplies of premium/supreme quality dairy hay getting very tight. Grass hay demand also 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-$450. 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 in both 4 x 5 and 5 x 6 rolls. Good mixed grass hay, $90-$115/ton. Good bermuda by the ton, $115-$135. Good quality wheat hay, large rounds, $50-$70/bale.

Eastern: Alfalfa prices steady where tested. Good, $250; fair alfalfa, delivered, $210-$220, small squares, horse quality, $12-$15/bale. Grass hay prices steady. Fair/good mixed grass hay 4 x 5 bales, $40-$60/bale; 5 x 5 and 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 in thin test. Premium/supreme alfalfa, untested; fair, including grassy alfalfa, $200-$225. Utility, $175-$200. Grass hay prices steady. Mixed grass, 4 x 5 bales, $40-$70/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 and 5 x 5, $50-$65/bale. Good wheat hay 5 x 6, $65-$75/bale.

In Texas, hay prices mostly steady. Trade and movement slow to moderate over the state.

Panhandle/High Plains: Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, delivered, $10-$11/bale, large bales, FOB $270-$290, large bales, delivered, $300-$325; good/premium, small squares, $9-$9.50/bale, large bales, FOB $250-$270, large bales delivered, $275-$300; fair/good, large bales delivered, $245-$275. Ground and delivered to feedlots, north, $260-$278; south, $260-$278, calf hay, $280. Prairie hay, large bales, delivered, $250. Coastal bermuda hay, large bales, delivered, $165-$175. Wheat hay, large bales, delivered, $180. Milo hay, large bales, delivered, $130. Corn stalks, large bales, delivered, $84-$103. Sorghum stovers, large bales, delivered, $115. CRP hay, large bales, delivered, $85 to $90. Cottonseed hulls, delivered, $185. Cotton burrs, delivered, $100-$115.

Far west Texas/Trans Pecos: Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, FOB, $280-$330, large squares, FOB $240-$250.

North/central/east: Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares delivered, limited test, $8-$12/bale, large squares, delivered, $300-$330; good/premium, large squares, $275-$300, small squares, FOB, $230-$265, large rounds, FOB, $70-$90/roll; fair/good, small squares, $5-$7; good, large rounds, $50-$70/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: 1/21/2013



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