Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 01/25/2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

   Hay production numbers for Missouri for 2012 were less than stellar.  
From the year prior statewide production decreased by nearly 1 million tons
and was the lowest since 1988 (again) with harvested acres the lowest since
1997 and the average yield for all hay types of 1.44 tons per acre. Alfalfa
hay had an average per acre harvest of 1.9 tons and the first time that number
was below 2.0 tons per acre since 1955. Despite all of those negative numbers
shadowing over production, hay supplies are still light to moderate with 
moderate demand and prices 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