Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 01/18/2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

   Hay producers who held bales back taking the wait-and-see approach
to the remainder of their hay stacks may be questioning their decision. 
Within the last couple weeks more hay has seemingly been made available 
but those offerings aren't always finding a ready home. Until a clearer
picture of the spring pastures and a boost to the confidence of the 
cow-men that they will be able to ride-out the winters drought some are 
hestitant to put high-dollar hay in their herds. Others have already reduced
the head counts to match their own hay supplies instead of gambling they
would be able to find feed over the course of the winter.  Hay supply is 
moderate, demand is moderate and prices are steady. 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 quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-185) 225.00-300.00
Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 175.00-255.00
Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 125.00-180.00 
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 55.00-75.00 per large round bale 

Wheat straw 3.00-5.00 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