While recent rainfall has put alkfalfa pastures in good stead, Northeast Texas farmers could be delaying cutting due to soggy ground.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Weekly Hay Report says alfalfa in the north and east sectors of Texas sold steady to 5 dollars higher due to supply and demand of top-quality hay, while other classes remained steady.
Ground Alfalfa has been hard to find and thus more expensive; the USDA says some feedyards have switched to ground-hay-grazer in order to cut costs.
Weekly hay prices finished as follows:
Large Squares, delivered: Premium to Supreme $195 to $210.00; Good to Premium $160 to $195.
Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $231 to $265.00, $7 to $8 per bale; Fair to Good $165 to $198, $ $5 to $6 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $80 to $100, $40 to $50 per bale.