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Hay & Forage report for May 3
Friday, May 3
Compared to last week: Hay prices generally steady to weak in some areas. Wheat hay seemed to have soften this week with talks of freezes affecting the amount of hay that will be baled. Trade activity was light on light to moderate demand as continued talk of new crop prices. Weather remains difficult to predict as it ranges from hot to freezing temperatures within the same week.
South and parts of East Texas received rainfall, however most of the state remains dry. 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 $270-$300. Good to Premium $260-$270.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $6-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$6.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $50-$90 per roll; $100-$180 per ton, Good $40-$50 per roll, $100-$120 per ton; Fair $40 per roll.
Wheat/Oat Hay: Delivered $110.
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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