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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday Sept. 7, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report


Alfalfa: Supreme: Small squares, 200.00-250.00

Large squares, 180.00 old crop

Good: Large rounds, 1150.00-130.00

Fair/Good:        Large squares, 90.00-115.00

Large rounds, 85.00-110.00

Utility: Large rounds, 60.00-90.00

Large squares, 70.000-90.00



Good:         Large squares, 125.00-135.00
Fair: Large squares, 115.00
Small squares, 120.00-130.00
Utility: Large squares, 70.00-90.00



Premium: Small squares, 200.00

Good: Small squares, 185.00

Large rounds, 120.00

Fair: Large squares, 125.00

Large rounds, 115.00-125.00

Utility: Large rounds, 100.00

Small squares, 130.00

Timothy Grass:

    Premium:            Small squares, 240.00, old crop; 210.00, new crop  

Good: Small squares, 160.00-180.00

Barley Straw:

Large squares, 40.00-50.00

Large rounds, 40.00-50.00

Wheat Straw:

Northern: Large squares, 35.00-40.00                           


Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold mostly 10.00-15.00 lower as the market continues to fully establish itself. Heavy hay supplies continue to weigh on producers. Dry land hay production has been outstanding as many fields are being cut that have been used as pasture over the past few years. Rains have added to the excess loads of utility and fair quality hay as many fields have seen some rain before it was bailed. With heavy supplies of lower quality hay on the market producers have been forced to price hay lower in order to move supplies. Notably, demand from southern, drought ridden states continues to be mostly good, especially for higher quality hay. This has put a divide in square and round bail prices, with squares getting the price advantage due to shipping ease.

The straw market continues to establish itself as well. Demand for straw was moderate to good this week. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.


Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Torrington, WY    Thur Aug 23, 2018    USDA - WY Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming and South Dakota Hay Report

Eastern Wyoming 
Alfalfa: Good/Premium large squares 175.00; 
     Good large squares 160.00; 
      Fair large squares 150.00; 
Alfalfa/Grass: Premium large squares 185.00-200.00; 
Good large squares 140.00-150.00; 
Fair large squares 130.00.  
Good round bales 150.00. 
Grass: Good round bales 150.00. 
   Good small squares 175.00.  
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 240.00.  
Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 190.00; 
     Good large squares 150.00-160.00; 
       Premium small squares 200.00. 
Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Premium large squares 190.00; 
     Premium small squares 220.00. 
Timothy: Premium small squares 200.00.  
Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes 230.00-260.00.

Western South Dakota:  

Alfalfa:  No Reported Sales.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  No Reported Sales.

   Grass:  No Reported Sales.
   Straw:  No Reported Sales.



Compared to last week baled hay and pellets sold unevenly steady. Demand was moderate to good with steady movement. Most of the state continues to look green for this time of year and many producers aren’t concerned right now about procuring hay for their winter needs, although rangelands are starting to get dry which presents a fire hazard. According to the NASS Wyoming Crop Progress and Condition report, 2nd cutting alfalfa is 84% harvested across the state. Smoky conditions are presenting a concern for producers with livestock. All prices are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted.

South Dakota

Compared to last week: All classes of hay steady. Demand moderate at best currently, demand improving from areas to the south that are gripped in terrible drought conditions. Rain early in the week and high dew points making for poor curing conditions East River. The morning dews are very heavy and keeping hay from drying down. 4th cutting of alfalfa reported to start next week. Supplies of high quality hay are more limited East River due to the persistent rain and poor drying weather. Hay supplies West River are more plentiful this year, as last year supplies were very short and virtually no carryover. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.