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USDA : US Weekly Hay Market Report



USDA : US Weekly Hay Market Report


This is report released by usda.


California :
Compared to last week:  All classes of hay continue to trade steady to firm.  Demand remains good to very good with moderate to active trading activity.  Region 1 especially experienced heavy movement this week with most producers selling their second cutting.  The heavy movement continues to cause inventories to be very current.  Demand for dairy quality test hay remains very good and prices for that quality grade continue to be firm.  Buyers are actively buying all classes of hay with the supply of all classes staying current.  The exportersare very active on all classes of hay.  A few reports of hay being insect damagedin Region 6.  All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. 
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Texas :
Compared to last week:  Hay prices firm.  Trade moderate under very good  buyer demand.  Hay supplies continue to shorten as the record breaking drought persists across the southern and southwestern states.  Producers continue to seek alternative feedstuffs, ranging in quality, to meet forage requirements for livestock.  However, high nitrate levels in the feed are a concern due to increased stress on alternative forages this year.  Depleted soil moisture levels, and minimal rainfall have forced producers to take a second look at planting winter wheat.  According to AgriLife Extension agronomist Dr. Todd Baughman the decreased soil moisture reserves will prevent the crop from even emerging without additional precipitation.  Unfortunately, the ability for cattle to graze winter wheat this fall becomes increasingly important as feed supplies continue to shorten and summer grazing has practically vanished.  Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.

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Oregon : 

Compared to last week:  All classes of hay traded mostly steady to firm with instances of second cutting Orchard grass advancing 25.00 higher than the first cutting product.  Buyer demand very good for all classes of hay.  Hay supplies are mostly light, staying very current.   Several producers very busy baling hay this week throughout the state.    All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise stated.
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Montana :

Compared to last week:  Hay prices steady to firm.  Trade activity moderate to active with majority of inventories moving out of state.  Demand good to very good.  Hay supplies throughout the state are abundant on Good quality alfalfa and grass hay, however Premium to Supreme quality alfalfa supplies are somewhat limited in availability.  Producers commenting on previously flooded hay fields being out of production for a year or more.  All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
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Kansas :

Hay trade moderate. Demand very strong for dairy and grinding alfalfa, moderate to strong for stock cow hay, alfalfa pellets and grass hay. Fall crops and pastures over the Southern three-fourths of Kansas continue to deteriorate, North of I-70 crops are much better. Hay continues to pour into the State from the North as buyers try to build inventories for Winter use. Some loads of hay pass through the State to the drought areas of Oklahoma and Texas. Hot and dry is forecast for the next week with no relief in sight. If you have hay for sale or pasture to rent or need hay or grazing, use the services of the Hay and Pasture Exchange: www.kfb.org/hayandpasture/default.htm
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Idaho :

Compared to last week, all grades of Alfalfa steady. Timothy for export not well tested this week as a major Japanese importer of 2nd cutting filed for bankruptcy protection this week in Japan. Wheat straw steady to firm. Trade active with good demand especially for wheat straw. Retail/feed store/horse steady in a light test. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise stated.     
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Colorado : 

Compared to last week:  All classes of hay continue to trade steady to firm with good to very good demand.  There continues to be a lot of competition from out of state buyers competing for tonnage.  This continues to keep prices firm and inventories very current, especially in the southern portions of the state.  Third cutting of alfalfa is underway in many regions with 31 percent being reported as complete this week.  If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado Hay and Forage Association website: http://www.coloradohay.org/. 
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Nevada :

Compared to last week:  All classes steady to firm.  Demand good.  Trade activity moderate.  All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.
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Washington-Oregon :

Compared to last week, all classes of Alfalfa for domestic and export steady to firm. Orchard and Timothy grass for retail steady. Timothy for export not tested this week as a major Japanese importer of 2nd cutting filed for bankruptcy protection this week in Japan. Trade active with very good demand. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise stated.
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Source : AMS USDA


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