More hay comes into the market each day, and buyers continue to sit back and watch. Coffee shop talkers don’t have much to complain about with current Missouri weather, so they are reflecting on how harsh conditions were a year ago. Missouri pastures are nearly all in good condition, stock water is adequate across all regions, and hay supply is abundant with more still to cut.
Hay supply is heavy, with light demand and weak to steady prices. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ or for current listings of hay
http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales prices listed as round bales based generally on 5×6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs).
Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV >185) 250.00-300.00
Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180) 200.00-275.00
Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 160.00-225.00
Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 100.00-170.00
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 100.00-160.00
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 90.00-125.00
Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 30.00-45.00 per large round bale
Good quality Bromegrass 100.00-150.00
Fair quality Bromegrass 75.00-100.00
Wheat Hay 80.00-100.00
Wheat straw 3.00-5.00 per small square bale
Source: MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Jefferson City, MO