Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 12/07/12

Friday, December 7, 2012

   Hay has become the subject of several news stories in the last 
few weeks.  Some are focusing on higher than usual prices, fueled by the 
higher input costs, drought reduced yields, land competition with grains 
and ever climbing cost of shipping.  While others are noting the danger 
of Imported Red Fire Ants traveling in hay shipped from areas where both 
the hay and pest were abundant this year. And the newest articles have 
given folks cause to worry as hay theft is being seen around the state.  
Despite all of the negative light being shed on the hay market, livestock 
producers are optimistic and hay producers and brokers continue to find 
hay for their customers, even if it may be a new type or a reduced 
quality from the usual.  Supply in Missouri is light, 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 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

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