How much money can you make off an acre of hay?

How much money can you make off an acre of hay?

“You are going to get more than three years out of that, but if we use three years, that’s about $100 per acre per year,” Brown says. “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.”

How much is a hay bale Worth in Texas?

Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium: 120.00-140.00, 60.00-70.00 per roll. South Texas: Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium: 260.00- 330.00, 8.00-10.00 per bale; Fair to Good: 165.00-260.00, 5.00-8.00 per bale.

How much does a farmer get for a bale of hay?

The Price of Hay Bales By Weight

Hay Quality Bale Type Minimum Price Per Ton
Grade 1 Small Square $160
Large Square $85
Large Round $65
Grade 2 Large Square $85

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.

What is the average hay yield per acre?

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.

How much does a bale of hay cost 2020?

Small square bales averaged $4.60 a bale (range of $2.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $64.00 per bale (a range of $40.00 to $90.00). 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.

How much does it cost to make a bale of hay?

Expect $25 – $46/ha ($10 – $19/acre) for cutting; $8 – $15/ha ($3 – $7/acre) for raking and $25/t or $17 – $18/bale for an 8x4x3 (620kg) six string baler.

How many acres do you need to make hay?

You don’t need hundreds of acres to start out. In fact, with today’s equipment designed for small, hobby farms, you can grow and harvest on less than 10 acres. But, depending on your growing season, you’ll likely have to charge more per bale than a competitor farming 10 times that size.

How many straw bales cover an acre?

When applied properly, approximately 20-40 percent of the original ground surface can be seen. The application rate per acre should be about 2 tons (or one 74 pound bale per 800 square feet).

How many round bales do you get per acre?

With an average bale weight of around 40 pounds (with our Abbriata small square baler or any of our mini round balers), that’s 100 bales to the acre for a first cutting.