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Hay & Forage report for Feb. 15
Friday, Feb. 15
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade and demand light to moderate. Available hay is being held at steady to higher price levels while many buyers continue to try to purchase at lower levels. High priced feed ration costs, lower trending cattle markets and dairies continuing to be cautious have buyers bidding lower while high production costs have hay producers reluctant to lower price levels. Numerous areas of the state have received moisture in the form of rain or snow the last several weeks which will be beneficial to winter grasses, wheat and other forages. These rains and snow will add moisture to dry soils and should benefit farmers intending to plant row crops in the early spring. This moisture will not be enough to break drought conditions in most areas but it will be helpful. 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-$330; 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-$80, instances $90-$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-$80, instances $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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