Data Compiled by Richard Halopka Senior Outreach Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are steady too strong for dairy quality hay this week. There was a limited supply of hay at auctions this week. If you need forage or have forage to sell or straw, connect to the Farmer-to-Farmer webpage at http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu/. 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||$275.00||$210.00||$315.00|
|Grade 1 (125 to 150 RFV/RFQ)||Small Square||$176.00||$120.00||$200.00|
|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 with limited sales. Small square bales averaged $4.50 a bale (range of $3.25 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $47.00 per bale (a range of $25.00 to $80.00). Large round bale straw averaged $44.00 per bale (range of $28.00 – $85.00).
In Nebraska, all forages sold steady with a moderate demand. In Iowa, no report.
In South Dakota, prices were firm with very good demand for all classes of hay. Cattlemen are weaning and shipping calves, which has created demand for quality calf hay.
In Missouri, prices are steady with moderate supply and a light demand. Good hay stockpiles may be limiting sales.
In Southwest Minnesota, no report. In Kansas, hay market prices were steady, demand is fair to good. Most hay activity is quiet as many are wrapping up harvest.
In Wisconsin, prices are steady too strong for dairy quality hay.
The next Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest will be posted by Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
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.