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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday July 27, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report


Alfalfa: Fair/Good:        Large squares, 125.00-130.00

Large rounds, 125.00-130.00

Utility: Large rounds, 120.00

Large squares, 105.00-120.00



Utility:         Large squares, 115.00



Good: Large squares, 185.00

Utility: Large rounds, 100.00

Large squares, 120.00-130.00

Small squares, 130.00

Timothy Grass:

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


Compared to last week:  Trade activity and demand moderate.  Hay sales are light this week. Producers are getting calls from buyers out of the state where drought has affected hay supply.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for the week of July 24, 2018, Montana has 24.98 percent of the state in a D0-D4 Drought Category, all located on the northern border.  For the same week last year, Montana was rated 81.73 percent D0-D4.  The next available report will be August 10, 2018. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Torrington, WY    Thur Aug 2, 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/Good Large Squares 140.00-150.00. 
Alfalfa/Grass: Premium Large Squares 185.00-190.00 or 85.00 per bale; 
Good large squares 145.00-150.00; 
Fair large squares 130.00.  
Good round bales 145.00.  
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 230.00.  
Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 190.00; 
Good large Squares 150.00-160.00; 
Premium small squares 200.00; 
Good small squares 160.00. 
Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Premium Small Squares 200.00-220.00. 
Barley straw in large squares 60.00. 
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 alfalfa and alfalfa grass mix hay sold steady.  Demand was light to moderate from the cow/calf ranchers with good demand from horse owners and very good demand on alfalfa cubes.  Hay cubes area going to horse owners and cattlemen alike.  Most cattlemen are dragging their feet on the asking price of the baled hay hoping it will sell at a lower price later this summer.  According to the United States Drought Monitor, a swath of light to moderate precipitation fell in an area roughly covering north and east Wyoming, east Colorado and much of Nebraska and Kansas.  Moderate drought was expanded in southwest Wyoming where it remained dry during the period.  All prices are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted. 

South Dakota

Compared to last week:  Light reported sales again this week.  Demand is light for low quality grinding cow hay, moderate to good for higher testing hay more suited for dairies. Interest is light to moderate.  3rd cutting alfalfa is underway and has potential to be some of the higher quality hay so far for the year as the weather pattern has been drier and lower humidity allowing hay to cure in a timely manner.  Wheat harvest is in full swing which means new crop straw is starting to become available.  South Dakota is experiencing limited drought characteristics currently, however much of the Southern Plains states and the South Western states are in Severe to Exceptional Drought (D2-D4). All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.