Colorado—In the June 30 report, compared to last report, trade activity moderate on very good demand for horse hay and retail markets. Trade activity moderate on very good demand for feedlot and ranch hay markets. Bid prices to growers on new crop first cutting alfalfa are reaching levels of $230-$250 delivered. Grain hay prices are upwards of $30 per ton over what the market ended up at last year. Irrigation water restrictions and lower yields have largely contributed to the recent hay market prices. Early monsoon weather in the San Luis Valley will produce some rain damaged first cutting alfalfa hay, which growers normally see during second cutting. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s High Plains Summary for June 28, severe and extreme drought expanded across northeast and central Colorado. In southern Colorado, an early and active North American Monsoon has delivered heavy enough rainfall to cut into short- and long-term deficits, leading to widespread improvement of drought conditions in the southwestern part of the state. According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report for the week ending June 26, first cutting alfalfa harvested is 67 percent. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 24 percent short, and 71 percent adequate.
Missouri—In the June 30 report, compared to last report, hay movement is moderate to good as most farmers are seeing lower yields than long term averages and are looking to buy hay now and make sure their needs are filled especially with fears that the dry weather might continue. On the good side rain free weather has allowed hay harvest to continue mostly uninterrupted. On the bad side rain free weather has really begin to show as grass is burning and stopped growing in much of the state. Over sixty percent of the state is showing on the latest drought monitor with near ten percent of the state moving in to D1 drought status. Nearly all of the state south of I-70 is currently highlighted as abnormally or moderately dry now. Hay prices are steady to firm, supply and demand are moderate. Fescue seed harvest is winding down. Some buying stations have already closed and many other are saying they will likely close after the weekend. Record high prices early in the season and a good crop had many stations saying they had more seed delivered than what they have seen for several years. Prices have dropped as we are on the down side of harvest now. Several operators parked combines once price dropped late last week. Many said they had already got their best seed and high fuel prices wasn’t worth cutting more once the seed price dropped. Prices are currently 0.68 to 0.70 cents per lb.