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Hay & Forage report for March 22
Friday, March 22
Compared to last week: Hay prices weak. Many buyers satisfied to use
previously purchased or contracted supplies and wait for new-crop hay. Buyers bidding lower and sellers holding firm as freight costs are large price determining factors. Trade and demand light to moderate. Most regions of the State have had normal to higher temperatures and windy conditions that have dried out soils and moisture levels are only short to adequate. The exception is parts of North Texas that received rain and pastures and ranges are in fairly good 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 $275-$300. Good to Premium $250-$275.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7 pr bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$95; $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-$180, $60-$90, 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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