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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   06/14 21:30
Kearney, NE    Thu Jun 14, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending June 15, 2018

  Compared to last week new crop baled hay too lightly tested for a 
market comparison, dehy pellets sold steady.  Bales of old crop hay and 
ground and delivered hay sold steady on a light test.  Most producers 
have stated they are putting up first cutting and should go directly into 
their second cutting and are getting several inquiries for new crop hay.  
Most producers are perplexed on where to price their newly baled hay.  
Most of the dairy hay is at a 1.00 per point of RFV (Relative Feed 
Value) and the grinding type hay is lower than that on early sales.  All 
sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: New Crop Premium large square bales 180.00-200.00, Good large 
square bales 140.00-160.00. Fair to good large round bales 130.00. Old 
Crop: Good large square bales 165.00; Fair to Good Large square bales 
130.00. Grass Hay: Good large round bales 100.00-105.00. Premium small 
square bales 150.00. Cane in large round bales 65.00. Cornstalks in large 
round bales 70.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 240.00

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: New Crop Good large round bales 100.00 delivered. Grass hay: New 
Crop Premium large round bales 140.00; Ground and delivered alfalfa 
130.00-140.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa/cornstalks 120.00-125.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa/soybean stubble mix 115.00-120.00. Ground 
and Delivered soybean stubble 85.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 
90.00-100.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 215.00.

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: New Crop Fair to Good large round bales 120.00. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 150.00-190.00. Sun-Cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent 
protein 210.00-240.00. 

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   

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 
         Lindsay Brunet, Market Reporter (816) 676-7000

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