The October 8th University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest is now available at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/forage/h-m-r/.
Demand and Sales Comments
The hay market this week was a few dollars less this week. Top quality hay continues to bring good prices. Round bales and lower quality hay are discounted. Weather is a concern in many areas as clouds and wet has been common this week.
In Wisconsin, quality alfalfa hay is in demand, just not much available at the auctions. Wet weather is delaying some fall harvest operations and pastures have begun growing again allowing stockpiling of forage or some late season pasture, which may delay hay purchases.
Straw prices were steady this past week. Small square bale straw price was steady at $3.60 a bale (range of $2.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw prices decreased slightly to $43.00 per bale (a wide range of $16.00 to $70.00). Large round bale straw increased slightly and averaged $38.00 per bale (a wide range of $12.00 – $80.00).