Prices for first-cutting, supreme-quality alfalfa hay should range about $200-220/ton (f.o.b. stack) in many areas of the West, $220-230/ton in California’s Imperial Valley and $240-250/ton in central California, estimated Seth Hoyt....More
Afalfa is literally gaining ground in the South. Traditionally bermudagrass and tall-fescue territory, the region recently is sporting fields of the perennial legume – interseeded into bermudagrass....More
Last fall, Nate Jaeger’s phone was literally ringing off the hook with calls from panicked, would-be hay buyers in drought-stricken regions of the country. In recent months, that’s changed dramatically....More
Real costs associated with making and feeding hay will be the focus of an Alabama Cooperative Extension System webinar slated for 10 a.m. (CST), March 6.
Bermudagrass physiology, production and management and economic factors affecting costs will be topics addressed. Alabama Extension agronomist Jennifer Johnson and Extension economist Walt Prevatt will be speakers.
Questions can be emailed during the webinar, which will be recorded and can be viewed at any time after March 6....More
China is exerting a major influence on many of the world’s commodity markets and the hay market is no exception. The country plans to double its milk production in the next five years, a move that will require it to import quality hay, says Veteran hay market analyst Seth Hoyt, author of The Hoyt Report....More
Until dairies show some profit, most of the West’s hay prices aren’t likely to get above $200-220/ton for early spring, dairy-quality hay. But California’s top-quality first-cutting hay could sell for $220-$230/ton (f.o.b. stack) in the Imperial Valley and $240-250/ton in central California....More
Prices for alfalfa hay have been on a tear in recent months at Mid-American Auction Company’s twice-monthly, quality-tested hay auctions in Sauk Centre, MN, reports Dan Martens, University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension educator for Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties....More
Nailing down a going price for all types of hay remains an elusive undertaking throughout Michigan this winter, says Phil Kaatz, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension area field crops specialist....More
Alfalfa production seminars, a large trade show, a forage olympics and networking were all a part of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association's Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference, held Feb. 5-6 in Kearney, NE. Here's a photo peak at the event.
A cohesive industry effort is needed to increase forages’ visibility to legislators and help secure sorely needed forage funding and staffing, according to speakers at the American Forage & Grassland Council Annual Conference, Jan. 7-8....More
Low water supplies will likely hold a lid on hay production in the Intermountain West for some time to come, says Wayne Kruse, owner-auctioneer of Centennial Livestock Auctions (CLA) in Fort Collins, CO....More
Low milk prices have been a key factor in keeping hay prices, especially alfalfa prices, from pushing even higher in many parts of the country this winter. That could change in the year ahead, according to Scott Brown, dairy economist with University of Missouri Extension....More
Strong demand for U.S. hay products by foreign buyers continues to bolster hay prices in many parts of Oregon, reports Scott Pierson, a Silver Lake, OR, hay grower and president of the Oregon Hay and Forage Association...More