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 have a steady trend with a downward pressure and a limited supply of hay at quality tested hay auctions. Top quality hay is still selling at a premium. If you have questions on this report contact email@example.com . 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||$250.00||$160.00||$400.00|
|Grade 1 (125 to 150 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||$216.00||$160.00||$240.00|
|Grade 2 (103 to 124 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||No Reported Sales|
|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 $5.10 a bale (range of $4.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $51.00 per bale (a range of $30.00 to $90.00). Large round bale straw averaged $49.00 per bale (range of $29.00 – $70.00). There was a limited supply of straw available.
In Nebraska, hay sold steady. Good demand and some hay is loaded and shipped directly off the field. Weather and weevils hay have reduced yields in areas of the state. In Iowa, no report.
In South Dakota, alfalfa and grass hay prices are firm with very good demand for top quality hay. 2022 crop harvest was delayed resulting lower RFV.
In Missouri, prices are steady to firm, supply and demand is moderate. Majority of first crop hay is harvested in the state.
In Southwest Minnesota, no report. In Kansas, dairy quality hay has a little higher price this week. Overall prices are steady with good interest and demand. Weather is a concern that yields may be reduced by drought.
In Wisconsin, prices for dairy quality hay are steady to strong. There is a wide range of prices in the market with lower quality hay discounted.
The next Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest will be posted by Tuesday, July 12, 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.