Data Compiled by Richard Halopka Senior Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Clark County Crops & Soils Educator
All hay prices quoted are dollars per ton FOB point of origin for alfalfa hay unless otherwise noted.
The information presented in this report is compiled from public and private quality tested sales and reports in the Midwest.
Previous hay reports can be viewed on the archive.
Hay auction data is collected on the first and third week of the month and posted by or before Tuesday. Prices quoted in this report are for “as fed” alfalfa hay.
Demand and Sales Comments
Prices remain steady with some strength across the board this week. Drought is a concern in some areas, but overall there is an adequate supply of hay at most markets to cover demand. If you have questions on this report contact firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need forage or have forage to sell or straw, connect to the Farmer-to-Farmer website. You may contact your local county agriculture educator if you need help placing an ad. There is no charge for the service.
Upper Midwest Hay Price Summary by Quality Grade
|Hay Grade||Bale type||———- Price ($/ton) ———-|
|Prime (> 151 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||$280.00||$240.00||$320.00|
|Grade 1 (125 to 150 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||$196.00||$160.00||$252.00|
|Grade 2 (103 to 124 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||$105.00||$100.00||$110.00|
|Grade 3 (87 to 102 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||No Reported Sales|
Straw prices are for oat, barley, or wheat straw. Straw prices are steady. Small square bales averaged $5.25 a bale (range of $3.00 to $6.80). Large square bale straw averaged $47.00 per bale (a range of $25.00 to $64.00). Large round bale straw averaged $61.00 per bale (range of $35.00 – $75.00).
In Nebraska, hay sold fully steady. Demand was very good. Some concern with short supply of forage in state and alternative forages are being planted. In Iowa, no report.
In South Dakota, all classes of hay sold steady. Good demand for all types of hay with concerns of a tight supply.
In Missouri, hay supply is moderate and demand is light to moderate with prices mostly steady. Fields are muddy and little has been planted.
In Southwest Minnesota, no report. In Kansas, hay market prices remain steady with a limited test on the market. Movement is slow. No new crop prices have been reported.
In Wisconsin, prices for dairy quality hay are strong. Lower quality hay has a wide range in prices in the market.
The next Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest will be posted by Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
The following links are included in this report allowing producers to obtain some state and nearby state prices, (these may not be quality-tested auctions, if quality, they are included in this report). The Equity Cooperative market report is at http://livestock.equitycoop.com/market_reports/. Go to the Lomira, Reedsville, and Stratford locations for their reports on untested hay and straw prices.
The Reynolds Feed & Supply, LLC of Dodgeville is at http://www.reynoldslivestock.com/what1snew/.
The Tim Slack Auction and Realty, LLC of Fennimore is at http://www.timslackauctionrealty.com/market%20report.html.
The Dyersville Sales Company of Dyersville, Iowa is at http://dyersvillesales.com/hay-auction/hay-auction-results/. Fort Atkinson auction is at http://www.fortatkinsonhay.com/
The Farmer-to-Farmer website is an electronic neighborhood bulletin board that allows local farmers to get in touch with one another to facilitate the marketing of feed commodities. It also connects those with productive pastures to those producers who are in need of pastures. If you would like assistance posting to this web site, contact your county’s University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension agriculture agent.