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USDA Montana Hay                                   06/15 14:05
BL_GR310   ***Due to very light sales receipts this report will be released 
      bi-monthly until early August when heavier receipts can be confirmed*** 
Billings, MT      Fri June 15, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold generally steady.  Hay
sales are very limited again this week. Many producers in Eastern
Montana have started cutting first cutting and have put up what they
have cut. However, some have hay still on the ground. With rain in the 
forecast for the next few days most producers have stopped cutting and 
are waiting on the weather to clear. New crop contracts are starting to 
filter in and most prices this week are the same as prices published
two weeks ago, however larger quantiles were found this week. Demand 
for hay from the south is starting to increase as buyers from Colorado
are searching for hay in Southern Montana. Hail storm damage has been an 
issue for some producers as some have reported total losses in some 
locations. Additionally, a late spring frost this week knocked down hay
in some central Montana locations and forced producers to cut hay earlier
than expected. However, hay production volume has been high as many 
producers say yields are very good despite all the difficulties faced so 
far this spring. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise 

Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-250.00
                     Large squares, NA
           Premium:  Large squares, 150.00-175.00      
                     Large rounds,  150.00-170.00, New crop contract: 170.00 
Delivered Eastern Montana
                     Small squares, 180.00
           Good:     Large squares, 150.00     
                     Large rounds,  150.00-165.00, New crop contract: 
                     Small squares, NA
           Fair:     Large squares, 120.00-150.00
                     Large rounds,  120.00-150.00 
                     Small Squares, NA
           Utility   Large rounds,  NA
                     Large squares, 115.00   

Alfalfa:   Premium:  Small squares, NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  150.00-160.00    
                     Small squares, NA
           Fair:     Large squares, NA
                     Large rounds,  150.00-160.00
           Utility:  Large rounds,  NA

Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
           Good:     Large squares, NA
                     Large rounds,  NA
           Fair:     Large squares, 110.00
                     Large rounds,  NA
           Utility:  Large rounds,  100.00   

Grass:     Premium:  Small squares, 210.00-240.00
           Premium:  Large rounds,  NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  NA

Barley                Large squares, NA
straw:                Large rounds,  NA
                      Small squares, NA

Wheat straw:

South central        Large squares, NA
                     Large rounds,  NA
Northern             Large squares, NA
                     Large rounds,  NA

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality     ADF     NDF      RFV    TDN-100pct   TDN-90pct     CP-100pct
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 100pct dry matter.

Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding 
Values based on 100% dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price or value 
more than testing results.
   Grass Hay guidelines
Quality    Crude Protein Percent
Premium          Over 13
Good               9-13
Fair               5- 9
Utility          Under 5

Source:  USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge

1300m    jdk

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