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Hay & Forage report for Feb. 8

Hay & Forage report for Feb. 8

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Friday, Feb. 8

Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade light to moderate with movement rather slow. Some out of state hay producers continue to hold supplies at higher price levels while buyers are trying to bid and purchase at lower price levels. Several areas of the state have experienced hay hard to find especially good quality grinding type alfalfa. Buyers continue to have the burden of formulating livestock rations with ongoing high feed costs. Rain showers in mostly Northeast, East, Southeast, and parts of South Texas will be a huge benefit to winter forages and grasses. Furthermore, this rain will add to the soil moisture and help the outlook for those farmers thinking about planting row crops in those southern areas in mid to late February. However, other parts of the state continue in drought conditions. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.

North, Central, & East Texas

Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test $8-$12 per bale.

Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $300-$325; instances $150 per large bale. Good to Premium $275-$300.

Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7.

Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$90, instances $100 per roll; $140-$160 per ton, Good $50-$60 per roll, $100-$140 per ton.

South Texas Hay Report

Coastal Bermuda: Small squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $165-$230, $5-$7 per bale.

Large rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium $120-$160; $60-$100 per roll, Good $50-$60 per roll, $100-$120 per ton.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing Hot Line set up for buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-877-429-1998. The website for the hotline is: www.TexasAgriculture.gov/hayhotline.

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