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Hay & Forage report for March 15
Friday, March 15
Compared to last week: Alfalfa Hay prices weak to $15 per ton lower, other hay steady to weak. Trade activity continues slow on light to moderate demand. Hay customers are trying to use hay on hand and make room before much new crop supplies become available. The Central and Eastern regions of the state received rainfall while most other regions received no or only minimal rain. Many regions remain in drought conditions and in need of moisture. Furthermore, with the present mild temperatures and windy conditions soil moisture levels continue to decline and wildfire alerts noted in some areas. Supplemental feeding of livestock continues even though some green tinges have appeared. 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, instances $315; 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 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$90’ $120-$180 per ton, Good $50-$60 per roll, $100-$120 per ton; Fair $40-$50 per roll, $80-$100.
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 to $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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