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Hay & Forage report for July 26
Friday, July 26
Compared to last week: Trade on hay slow to moderate under light to moderate demand. Cutting and bailing continues throughout the state. Parts of the state received more scattered rain showers which continue to benefit fields, pastures, and rangelands. These recent rains have helped hay fields green-up and will allow hay producers to get another cutting of hay and continue to let those Farmers with irrigated crops turn off pumps for a while. The rains were needed but in some cases farmers and hay balers had hay down during the showers and are now forced to make chopped hay or lower quality type hay bales instead of horse and dairy quality bales. 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 $275-$300; Good to Premium $250-$275.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $6-$8 per bale, Fair to Good $5-$6 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$80; $100-$160 per ton, Good $40-$60 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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