Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 12/14/12

Friday, December 14, 2012

   While the first cold snap of the season would normally spur some hay 
movement, this week has remained fairly quiet.  Perhaps the long term
forecast showing above average temperatures kept buyers from worrying 
about the depth of their supply.  The concern being heard throughout 
the state remains the lack of stock water and the effect extreme cold 
will have on the little bit remaining in some ponds.  The summer drought
and oppressive heat contributed to increased cow sales, but the nail in 
the coffin of some cow/calf operators may be the combination of drought
and extreme cold.  The majority of the state is in Moderate Drought and 
without enough precipiation to maintain that status, Missourians are pre-
paring to go into spring the way they went out of summer, dry and worried. 
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for 
both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit 
http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ or for current listings of hay 
http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless 
specified and on most recent reported sales prices listed as round bales 
based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs).

Premium Alfalfa (RFV 170-185) 200.00-275.00
Fair to Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-170) 160.00-225.00 
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 100.00-190.00
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 100.00-145.00
Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 55.00-95.00 per large round bale 

Fair Quality Bromegrass 80.00-120.00 

Wheat straw 3.00-6.00 per small square bale

Corn Stalks/Stover 60.00-100.00 per ton, 25.00-40.00 large round

Source: MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Jefferson City, MO
        Sarah Wilkinson, Market Reporter, 573-751-5618
        24 Hour Recorded Report 1-573-522-9244