November 25, 2019

Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest For November 25, 2019
Data Compiled by Richard Halopka Senior Outreach Specialist
Clark County Extension
Crops & Soils Agent

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.
The past several months of hay reports are archived and you may view previous hay reports, go to Hay Market Reports.
Hay auction data is collected on the first and third week of the month and posted the following Monday when possible. Prices quoted in this report are for “as fed” alfalfa hay.

Demand and Sales Comments

Hay prices were steady this week with some downward pressure in the market. There is a good demand for high-quality hay with a limited supply. If you are in need of forage or have forage for sell connect to the Farmer-to-Farmer webpage at You may contact your local county agriculture educator if you need help placing an ad. There is no charge for the service.

Hay Grade

Bale Type

Price ($/ton)

Price ($/ton)

Price ($/ton)

Prime (> 151 RFV/RFQ) Small Square $238.00 $208.00 $288.00
Large Square $237.00 $160.00 $315.00
Large Round $190.00 $100.00 $250.00
Grade 1 (125 to 150 RFV/RFQ) Small Square $192.00 $160.00 $224.00
Large Square $194.00 $110.00 $270.00
Large Round $162.00 $95.00 $265.00
Grade 2 (103 to 214 RFV/RFQ) Small Square No Sales Reported No Sales Reported No Sales Reported
Large Square $167.00 $95.00 $270.00
Large Round $145.00 $60.00 $230.00
Grade 3 (87 to 102 RFV/RFQ) Small Square No Sales Reported No Sales Reported No Sales Reported
Large Square $118.00 $40.00 $165.00
Large Round $98.00 $60.00 $185.00

Straw prices are for oat, barley, or wheat straw. Prices are strong for all packages of straw. Small square bales averaged $4.75 a bale (range of $3.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $61.00 per bale (a wide range of $30.00 to $90.00). Large round bale straw averaged $60.00 per bale (a range of $28.00 – $65.00).
In Nebraska, hay sold on steady prices this week as demand has picked up. One reason for increased demand are feedlots filling pens. In Iowa, prices for alfalfa hay are trending steady to higher this week.
In South Dakota, prices are steady to firm with good demand for large square bales. Demand is very good for high all kinds of quality hay.
In Missouri, hay movement is slow.  Moderate supply with light demand and steady prices. Small lots of horse hay is the main mover this week. In Southwest Minnesota, prices were steady, with a slow to moderate demand and no top-quality hay available at the market.
In Kansas, hay trade is moderate with slow to moderate demand and steady prices. Many farmers have reported an increase in hay movement. In Wisconsin, prices remain strong for top-quality hay. Quality hay supplies remain tight with a good supply of lower-quality hay. The next Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest will be posted on Monday, December 9, 2019.

The following links are included in this report allowing producers to obtain some state and nearby state prices, (these may or may not be quality-tested auctions, if quality, they are included in this report).
The Equity Cooperative market report is at 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
The Tim Slack Auction and Realty, LLC of Fennimore is at
The Dyersville Sales Company of Dyersville, Iowa is at
Fort Atkinson auction is at
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 has recently been expanded to connect those with productive pastures to those producers who are in need of pastures. It can be found at If you would like assistance posting to this web site, contact your county’s agriculture agent.