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Hay & Forage report for July 19
Friday, July 19
Compared to last week: Trade on hay light to moderate most of the week. Late week isolated, scattered rains and cooler than normal temperatures brought a much needed change to the hot, dry, windy weather in much of the state. These beneficial rains benefited dry land haying operations, grass pastures, and ranges. Although, rains are very beneficial an ample amount of wet hay has been noted and in some cases there have been hay fires due to the generated heat in the bales. Drought still continues in some areas but this moisture will provide some short term relief but more rain is needed. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: $13-$14 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 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $50-$80; $100-$160 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-$140; $50-$70 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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