Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 04/05/2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

   The hay market is quiet as everyone has spring work to focus on.  
Plenty of moisture around the state and warm temperatures headed our 
way has everyone on edge knowing Spring is ready to burst wide open. 
Farmers are chomping at the bit as they wait for fields to firm up and
grass to turn green.  A year ago this report was filled with talk of
planted corn, cut alfalfa, and lush pastures; given the way last summer
treated Missouri the slower pace is hopefully a good sign.  Hay supply is 
light, demand is light 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) 195.00-255.00
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

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