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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   09/20 06:55
WH_GR310  
Kearney, NE    Thu Sep 20, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending September 21, 2018


  Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Demand was 
light to moderate with many prospective buyers and sellers are busy with 
fall forage production. A lot of farmers are getting into the fields to 
start picking soybeans, high moisture corn and silage. Others are on 3rd 
or 4th cutting of alfalfa and some have been cutting cane or millet hay. 
This week has been one of the most production weeks for hay production 
all summer. All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, 
unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00-180.00. Good to premium large rounds 
130.00; Good large rounds 80.00-100.00. Grass Hay: Good large rounds 
100.00-105.00. Premium small square bales 160.00-170.00. Rye Straw large 
rounds 75.00. 2017 round bales of cornstalk 60.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 
17 percent protein 230.00-240.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 100.00 to 105.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
130.00-135.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-cornstalk mix 130.00. Ground 
and delivered cornstalks 85.00-95.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent 
protein 215.00-220.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 
200.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 150.00, Fair large squares 130.00.  Good 
large rounds 130.00-135.00.  Straw in large square bales 80.00-85.00.  
Ground and delivered alfalfa 150.00-185.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 
15 percent protein 245.00. 

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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).
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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.
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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.
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Source:  USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, NE 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC Reporter (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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