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USDA Montana Hay                                   05/20 10:50
Montana Direct Hay Report

                               Released on May 20, 2022
Direct Hay Weighted Average Report for week ending 05/20/2022
                    This Week         Last Reported         Last Year
      Hay           296                 115                 445                 
      Total         296                 115                 445                 

Compared to last week: Hay sold fully steady.
Demand for hay was moderate to good this week.
Hay continues to move on an as need basis.
Many ranchers are turning out cows early in order to stop feeding high 
priced hay.
Rain continues to be seen as yet another system moves across the state 
bringing rain and snow, along with cooler than normal temperatures.
Timely rains continue to improve crop conditions and many producers are 
expecting first cutting in 2-3 weeks in southern and eastern Montana 
depending on how many warm growing days are seen.
New crop hay has started to be offered locally in the $225.00-250.00/ton 
range, but no takers were seen so far.
According to the drought monitor 83.04% of the state is in Moderate drought 
or worse, down 2.36% from last week; 61.06 % of the state is in 
an Severe drought or worse, 4.22% decrease from last week; 19.10% of 
the state is in extreme drought or worse, unchanged from last week; 0% 
of the state is in an exceptional drought, unchanged from last week.

Hay Conventional
Alfalfa Good/Premium Per Ton
                        Qty   Price Range Wtd    Freight/   Description Crop Age
                                          Avg    Use
                        ---   ----------- ---    ---------- ----------- --------
 Large Square 3x4       125       300.0   300    F.O.B.                         

Alfalfa Utility/Fair Per Ton
                        Qty   Price Range Wtd    Freight/   Description Crop Age
                                          Avg    Use
                        ---   ----------- ---    ---------- ----------- --------
 Large Round            171       225.0   225    F.O.B.

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