The last item Renelt said growers should consider before setting a price is to visually inspect the hay to determine if there are noxious weeds, mold, or foreign material present in the hay. All of which, she said, can change the price received but will not show up on an NIRS analysis. Additionally, if state or locally noxious weeds are present it will prevent you from transporting the hay.
To see what hay is selling for, she directs growers to a website maintained by the USDA which provides a weekly market update on hay markets. Once there, click on Market News in the left hand column, then click on Livestock, Meats, Grain and Hay, then click on Hay under Browse by Commodity. Once there growers will be able to pick the region where they want to view the weekly hay report for. If growers do not have internet access, they can contact their local SDSU Extension Regional Center and staff can look up the price.