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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday June 15, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report


Alfalfa: Supreme:        Small squares, 200.00-250.00

                      Premium:            Large squares, 150.00-175.00

Large rounds, 150.00-170.00; New crop contract: 170.00 Delivered Eastern Montana

                                                      Small squares,  180.00             

                    Good:              Large squares, 150.00        

                                                        Large rounds,  150.00-165.00; New crop contract: 115.00-125.00

                       Fair:                      Large squares, 120.00-150.00, 

                                                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00

Utility: Large squares, 115.00


Good: Large rounds, 150.00-160.00

Fair:                      Large rounds 150.00-160.00


Fair: Large squares, 110.00

Utility: Large rounds,  100.00

Timothy Grass:

    Premium:            Small squares, 210.00-240.00                             


Compared to last week: Hay prices sold generally steady. Hay sales are very limited again this week. Many producers in Eastern Montana have started cutting first cutting and have put up what they have cut. However, some have hay still on the ground. With rain in the forecast for the next few days most producers have stopped cutting and are waiting on the weather to clear. New crop contracts are starting to filter in and most prices this week are the same as prices published two weeks ago, however larger quantiles were found this week. Demand for hay from the south is starting to increase as buyers from Colorado are searching for hay in Southern Montana. Hail storm damage has been an issue for some producers as some have reported total losses in some locations. Additionally, a late spring frost this week knocked down hay in some central Montana locations and forced producers to cut hay earlier than expected. However, hay production volume has been high as many producers say yields are very good despite all the difficulties faced so far this spring. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Torrington, WY    Thurs June 21, 2018    USDA - WY Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming and South Dakota Hay Report

Eastern Wyoming 

New Crop Alfalfa: Good Large Squares 165.00
Alfalfa/Grass: Premium Large Squares 180.00 or 75.00 per bale
Good large squares 140.00-150.00
Fair large squares 130.00
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 235.00. 

Central and Western Wyoming
New Crop Alfalfa: Premium Large Squares 160.00
Good Large Squares 125.00-135.00
Old Crop Alfalfa: Small Squares 200.00
Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes 230.00-260.00

Western South Dakota:  

No Sales Reported



Compared to last week comparable sales sold steady on a thin test. Some producers are finished with first cutting with many in the Western side of the state just getting started. Rain across most areas of the state this week. Many producers and buyers still trying to nail down a fair price for their hay. With milk prices going down several dairies are balking at current asking prices. All prices are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most recent reported sales. 

South Dakota

Compared to last week: All classes of hay steady. Demand moderate, with users of hay buying only what they currently have to have. Inquiry is reported to have lessened this week. The weather was not conducive for putting up dry hay this week as rains and poor curing conditions plagued hay growers. The weather had cooled, but still humid, which kept cut hay from drying quickly before the rain returned. The big rains came Wed to the southern tier of the state with some amounts over 6 inches in SE SD. The rain was not limited to only East River as big rains also fell out west as 4-5 inch rains were reported in western SD. The areas in West River that had a very light hay crop last year, if any at all, have received much more moisture this year. There will be a hay crop in those areas this year which is desperately needed as hay stocks were basically depleted. Rain was needed across the state after the much warmer than normal temps that were seen since the last week of May but this was too much rain for the SE part of the state. Low land flooding occurred and creeks and rivers swelled beyond their banks. Second cutting of alfalfa will begin next week for producers that weren’t in the heaviest of the rainfall areas. The Aberdeen, SD area is still short of moisture as evidenced by the US Drought Monitor Map showing that area as experiencing D2 (Severe Drought). This area missed out on the rains this week. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.