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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   01/16 12:05
WH_GR310  
Kearney, NE    Thu Jan 16, 2020    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending January 17, 2020

  Compared to last week, all baled hay, ground and delivered hay and 
alfalfa pellets sold steady. Demand remains mostly light on baled hay 
products with good demand for alfalfa pellets. Most contacts have stated 
there has been a lot of alfalfa hay on the market this week and some of 
the big buyers dont know if they should continue to stock pile 
inventory or pass on procuring hay. Several reports that January is 
always a slow month to sell hay. But, this January appears is 
exceptionally slow. One has to remember, it is roughly 6 months till 
first cutting and Nebraska still has a lot of winter to go through. So, 
there is a good chance the carryover will be slim buy June.  Note: All 
sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise 
noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme and Premium large rounds 120.00-125.00, Good large 
rounds 100.00-110.00, Fair large rounds 80.00-95.00. Prairie Hay: Premium 
large rounds 120.00-125.00; Good large rounds 90.00-100.00. Premium small 
squares 170.00-180.00. Cane in large rounds 65.00-75.00. Cornstalks large 
rounds 53.50-55.00. Straw large rounds 35.00-45.00 per bale, small 
squares 5.00 per bale. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 320.00-330.00. 
Sun-cured pellets 15 percent 290.00.
 
Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds 105.00-110.00. Cornstalks large rounds 50.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa/cornstalk mix 125.00-135.00. Cane/stubble mix ground and 
delivered 115.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 95.00-110.00. Dehy 
alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 270.00-275.00, few at 285.00; Sun-
cured alfalfa 15 percent protein 250.00.

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00-175.00; Fair large squares 120.00-
130.00. Straw large squares 80.00-90.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
153.00-158.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00. 

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Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
         than 10% grass)

 Quality     ADF     NDF      *RFV     **TDN-100%   **TDN-90%     CP
Supreme      <27     <34       >185        >62         >55.9     >22
Premium    27-29   34-36    170-185    60.5-62     54.5-55.9   20-22
Good       29-32   36-40    150-170      58-60     52.5-54.5   18-20
Fair       32-35   40-44    130-150      56-58     50.5-52.5   16-18
Utility      >35     >44       <130        <56         <50.5     <16

*RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
   Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 
90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
Sale (usage).
=====================================================================
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines

         Quality            Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5

  Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence 
hay price or value more than testing results.
=====================================================================
Hay Quality Designations physical descriptions:

Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra 
   leafy.  Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. 
         Hay is excellent color and free of damage.

Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
         grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative 
         of a high nutritive content.  Hay is green and free of   
         damage.

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and free of damage other than slight discoloration.
 
Fair:    Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in 
         grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally 
         coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.

Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in 
         Legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This 
         Category could include hay discounted due to excessive 
         damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will be 
         identified in market reports when using this category.
=====================================================================

Source:  USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, NE 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC (308) 390-5399
         Website: www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/wh_gr310.txt
                  www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage
         Email: Thomas.walthers@ams.usda.gov  

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