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Hay & Forage report for June 21
Friday, June 21
Hay prices steady to lower under light to moderate trade and demand. Trade on grass hays in the Panhandle especially light due to freight costs and the availability of wheat hay. Ample wheat hay on offer as many wheat producers opted to bale instead of harvest due to the late freezes that damaged the crop. Hay bailing continues with ample supply in several areas although some balers are forced to wait as rain showers hamper baling. All regions of the state received scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms which will improve and benefit pastures, hay fields and grazing conditions. Although, these scattered rains will benefit grazing conditions in some areas it has not been enough to completely replenish pond and tank water thus ranchers careful about restocking. More rain is needed to end drought and in some Regions rain might have come too late to greatly benefit row crops. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: $13-$14 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $265-$300, instances $300-$325; Good to Premium $250-$265.
Wheat Hay: Delivered: Large Bales: $150-$165.
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-$80; $100-$170 per ton, Good $40-$50 per roll, $80-$100 per ton.
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 $100-$160; $50-$80 per roll.
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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