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Hay & Forage report for March 29
Friday, March 29
Compared to last week: Hay prices steady. Alfalfa hay producers are two to three weeks away from cutting and bailing and Coastal Bermuda fields are breaking dormancy in some southern regions. Many are questioning how new-crop hay will be priced. A few regions of the state received small amounts of rainfall but most still need moisture as drought situations continue. Temperatures have ranged from below normal to above normal over the state with windy conditions. This windy weather continues to dry out soil moisture levels over the state and soil levels rated as very short to adequate. Wildfire danger remains a concern in many counties and regions. Supplemental feeding continues and many ranchers are culling and reducing herds. 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.
Large Rounds: FOB: $240. Midsize-squares $150 per bale.
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 $50-$90; $100-$180 per ton, Good $40-$50 per roll, $100-$120 per ton; Fair $40 per roll.
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-$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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