How much does a round bale of hay cost 2020?
Large round bale straw averaged $58.00 per bale (a range of $40.00 - $85.00). In Nebraska, hay sold steady, demand is light in 2020. Some are having a hard time delivering hay because of muddy conditions. In Iowa, hay prices are lower compared to prices earlier in the fall. via
How much does a 1200 lb bale of hay cost?
If you add to this the cost of baling, about $15 per round bale, then your cost for a 1,200-pound round bale is now $35.30. via
How much does it cost to bale your own hay?
If you are figuring what it costs you to make hay on your farm, add mowing, raking, and baling at 20.20 per bale (Machinery Cost Estimates, University of Illinois Extension, June 2015). As a result, a bale of hay sitting in the field costs $33.11. via
How much does a 50 lb bale of hay cost?
From the hay market, square bales, on average, will cost you between $3 and $10 per bale, but some farmers prefer selling their hay per pound, in which case such a bale will be around 50 pounds. via
What is hay worth per pound?
The approximate hay price throughout the Province is 4 to 6 cents per pound for round bales. via
How long does a bale of hay last?
One round bale lasts about 8-10 days using our regular round bale hay net with 1.75" holes. Without a net, a bale lasts approximately 5-6 days and half of it is wasted. Once the hay hits the ground, it gets urinated and defecated on or they use it as a bed and refuse to eat it. via
Why do farmers leave rolls of hay in the field?
Often, it's just farmers being lazy, after harvesting a field, they like to take some rest and finish off in a few days. Because of the good keeping quality, farmers tend to leave them where the baler spat them out. It is also cost-effective to leave bales in the field to avoid handling and storage costs. via
How much is an acre of hay worth?
Equation: Estimated 4 tons per acre yield of 16% moisture hay at $200 per ton = $800 per acre value for all three cuttings; minus buyer's cost of harvest and weather risk at $324 per acre assuming three cuttings (Table 1); equals the buyer's maximum pay price: $476 per acre for three cuttings ($800 - $324 = $476). via
What are round hay bales called?
The two most common options are large round bales, also called rolls, and small square bales. via
Is it cheaper to buy hay or make it?
In most environments where forage production is based on natural rainfall, you can almost always buy hay cheaper than you can produce it. Most farmers and ranchers initially don't believe this. When full cost of production is accounted for, hay generally costs between $70 and $140/ton to produce. via
How much should I charge for raking hay?
Swathing, $20-$22 per acre; Raking, $8-$10 per acre; Baling: small bales, 60-75 cents per bale; midsize (3x3), $10-$12 per bale; midsize (3x4), $14-$18 per bale; large square (4x4), $22-$25 per bale; round bales, $12-$15 per bale. via
How much horsepower do you need to run a small square baler?
Most standard square balers on the market require 35 horsepower at your tractor's PTO, and a minimum tractor weight of around 3000 pounds. That means that they cannot be run with today's compact tractors. via
Is the hay business profitable?
Brown says using 2019 numbers, it costs about $400 an acre to plant corn on ground that may yield 150 bushels per acre. “If you are getting $125 per ton for quality hay, you are going to see a profit of $51 per ton, or $204 per acre. “The potential is there to make some pretty good money on hay.” via
How many bales of hay does a horse need?
I usually buy my horses 45 small square bales of alfalfa and 45 of just plain grass hay for a total of 90 bales per horse per year. They each get about 1/8 bale of alfalfa in the morning and then 1/8 of grass with a sweet grain/oats mixture at night. via
Does TSC sell hay bales?
TSC Subscription available for Curbside Pickup on a schedule that's convenient for you! The Ametza CB-BER Bermuda Hay Bale is a great source of vitamin A and calcium, with lower protein levels than alfalfa hay. via
What size is a small bale of hay?
The dimension of a small bale held together by three strings is approximately 16” high x 22” wide x 44” long (406.4 mm high x 558.8 mm wide x 1117.6 mm long) and usually weighs 100lbs. via
How much does a small square bale of hay weigh?
A standard two-string square hay bale weighs between 40 and 75 pounds; a three-string square bale weighs over 100 pounds, and some as much as 140 pounds; the average round hay bale weighs about 1,250 pounds, but their weight varies greatly from 563 to 1,584 pounds. via
What is the standard size of a small square bale of hay?
Small Hay Bales
For those feeding a small amount of livestock, small, square hay bales are recommended as they can be easily carried by hand – dimensions of these bales, held together by three strings, is around 16” high x 22” wide x 44” long and usually weighs 100 lbs. via
How much hay can one acre produce?
The average U.S. dry hay yield (all types) dropped from 2.52 tons per acre in 2016 to 2.44 tons per acre in 2017. For alfalfa and alfalfa-grass mixtures, the average yield declined from 3.45 tons per acre in 2016 to 3.32 tons per acre in 2017. via
Is year old hay still good?
Generally, hay that is two to three years old is still acceptable given the right storage conditions. So before you go tossing last year's hay, give it a check over and feel confident feeding it if everything looks good. via
What can I do with old hay bales?
Is hay still good if it gets rained on?
If rained-on hay is not again dried fully, mold and mycotoxin growth can occur which can put livestock health at risk. Furthermore, baled wet hay can combust due to the temperature increase caused by microbial growth - putting a producer at risk of barn fire. via
Why do farmers wrap hay bales?
Most farmers seem to have their preference on moisture levels. Bales at lower moisture may have little to no fermentation, but wrapping protects them from spoiling. On the other hand, moisture levels too high can cause clostridial fermentation with resulting high levels of butyric acid and ammonia. via
Is it worth wrapping dry hay?
Wrapping dry hay allows farmers to protect feed from the weather without building more structures. Some farmers believe that more layers, up to six, are well worth the extra cost. A thicker barrier is more dependable than a thin one, but more costly. via
Can hay be too dry?
While hay with exceptionally low moisture might not be at risk of growing mold and bacteria, that's because much of that hay's nutritional value is already gone. When hay is too dry before baling, the leaves of the forage become stiff and brittle, making them much more likely to fall off. via
How many times a year can you harvest hay?
In most areas of the country, grass hay can be cut twice, sometimes three times, per year. The first cutting generally has the largest yield. Some animals, like sheep, prefer the tender stems of second or third cutting hay. via
Is hay a cash crop?
Over the last few years many hay acres have been planted to cash grain crops. Combining fewer acres in hay production with decreased forage yields, the supply of hay is low. Consequently, hay prices are strong and in demand. via
How long does it take for hay to grow?
Grass will grow slightly faster in cooler weather than the legumes, such as alfalfa. Alfalfa grows best when the temperatures are hot. It typically takes approximately 60 days for new growth of alfalfa, 60 for mix hay, 60 for orchard grass, and 75-80 for timothy in Lincoln County. via