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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   05/17 11:50
Kearney, NE    Thu May 17, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending May 19, 2018

  Compared to last week alfalfa, grass hay, ground and delivered hay 
sold steady. Dehy pellets in the Eastern side of the state 10.00 higher, 
Platte Valley is steady. Good demand was noted on ground and delivered 
forages. Moderate to good demand for baled hay.  Light rain in and warmer 
temperatures in some areas of the state helping grass and alfalfa to 
grow. Limited cutting of alfalfa this week as dehy operators are testing 
plants to get ready for the summer run. Some talks next week a limited 
amount of alfalfa haylage may be cut and bagged. It looks like it will be 
at least two weeks before most producers will be in the fields trying to 
cut and bale first cutting of alfalfa. A lot of talk on where will the 
new crop baled alfalfa be priced at. No confirmed sales across the state 
but there has been some prices thrown out to prospective buyers. Old rule 
of thumb on hay prices, for new crop, start where the old crop price left 
off and adjust from there.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field 
or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Fair large square bales 130.00. Grass Hay: Premium small square 
bales of grass hay 150.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Cornstalks in round bales 80.00 delivered. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 130.00-140.00, few at 150.00. 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 210.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large square bales 185.00 delivered. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 150.00-190.00. Ground and delivered corn stalks 95.00-100.00. 

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 
         Thomas Walthers, Market Reporter (308) 390-5399

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