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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday Oct. 13, 2017    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report



Alfalfa: Supreme:        Small squares, 200.00-250.00

                                                      Large squares, 150.00-155.00

                      Premium:            Large squares, 140.00-155.00 

                                                      Large rounds,  150.00             

                    Good:              Large squares, 140.00-155.00          

                                                        Large rounds,  140.00-175.00

                                                      Small squares, 140.00-150.00

                       Fair:                      Large squares, 120.00-150.00, Old crop 120.00

                                                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00

                                                      Small squares, 130.00

Utility: Large squares, 120.00


                      Good: Large rounds, 150.00

Fair:                      Large squares, 125.00-135.00

                                                        Large rounds,  125.00

                    Utility:                  Large rounds,  90.00


                      Good:                   Large squares, 140.00

                                                        Large rounds,  130.00-135.00

                      Fair:                      Large rounds,  115.00; long haul 100.00

Utility: Large rounds, 90.00                          

Timothy Grass:

    Premium:            Small squares, 210.00-240.00          

Barley Straw

                  Large squares, 43.00-50.00;  long haul 40.00                              

Wheat straw:

South central Montana:   Large squares, 38.00-40.00; long haul 35.00

Wheat Hay: Large rounds, 120.00


Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold fully steady. Hay market activity this week was mostly moderate. Producers continue to struggle to put up 3rd cutting, as cool nights and shorter days make drying difficult. Large quantities of straw were sold this week as cattlemen ready themselves for winter. Many loads of hay moved into northern Montana this week as cattlemen are still reeling from the effects of the first snowstorm of the year. Limited hay sales in eastern Montana continue to sale on very good demand as local offerings are extremely light. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Greeley, CO    Thu Oct. 12, 2017    USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Western South Dakota Hay Report

Eastern Wyoming
   Large Squares: Good/Fair 120.00-125.00.
   Round Bales: Good/Fair 120.00-125.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central and Western Wyoming
   Small Squares: Good 135.00 (4.50 per bale).
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay. 

Western Nebraska
   Ground and Delivered: 135.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western South Dakota
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.




Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady with demand moderate to good in all regions.  The NASS Wyoming Crop Progress and Condition report for the week ending October 8, 2017 stated a reporter from Western Wyoming noted that the week started out dry with some producers trying for a third cutting of alfalfa, but for many, it has been too wet.  Pasture and range condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.  Alfalfa third cutting is 73 percent complete.  

The NASS South Dakota Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending October 8, 2017 states that alfalfa third cutting was 85 percent complete.  Pasture and range condition rated 29 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  All prices dollars per ton FOB stack in large square bales and rounds, unless otherwise noted.  Most horse hay sold in small squares.  Prices are from the most recent reported sales.