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Hay & Forage report for May 31
Friday, May 31
Compared to last week: Hay prices very little changed this week under moderate trade and demand. Hay buyers and sellers continue to negotiate new-crop hay prices. A lot of trade activity and interest this week has centered on wheat hay. Wheat hay prices continue to have a wide price spread mainly due to amount of protein and freight. The top of the range prices on wheat hay is beardless with bearded usually at the lower end of the ranges. Many areas of the state have received needed rainfall this past week with hail, 50-70 mph winds, windstorms, and tornadoes occurring in the Panhandle. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test $10-$12.50 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $270-$300; New crop Good to Premium $250-$270; Fair quality $225.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: $140-$165. FOB: $100-$110.
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-$80 per roll: $120-$160 per ton, Good $50-$60 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-$160; $60-$80 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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