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USDA Kansas Hay                                    03/13 10:45
Manhattan, KS   Tue Mar 13, 2018    Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kansas Hay Market Report 
Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage:  9,671/3,906      Last week:  10,151/4,295   Last year:  9,504/4,723
Hay market activity slow, although demand remains good for both grinding 
and grass hay.  Buying alfalfa hay these days proves to be difficult.  Small 
lots of alfalfa are being traded, but supplies continue to dwindle.  Alfalfa 
prices continue to strengthen while grass hay remains steady. A little bit of 
moisture would sure change the current landscape. Drought continues to persist 
across the state and coupled with high winds has given rise to numerous 
wildfires.  Per NASS, topsoil moisture supplies rated 48 percent very short, 32 
short, 20 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 33 percent 
very short, 41 short, 26 adequate, and 0 surplus.  According to the U.S. 
Monitor, the abnormally dry (D0) category is at 99 pct, moderate drought (D1) 
at 77 pct, severe drought (D2) is at 44.5 pct, extreme drought (D3) is at 19 
and the newly introduced exceptional drought category (D4) is at .34 pct.  
Winter wheat conditions rated 17 percent very poor, 36 poor, 35 fair, 11 good, 
and 1 excellent. If you have hay for sale, and/or need hay here in Kansas, use 
the services of the Internet Hay Exchange:
Southwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa steady, ground/delivered steady to 
10.00 higher; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 240.00-250.00. 
.95-1.00/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-185.00, Premium 160.00-170.00, Good 140.00-
150.00.  Stock or Dry Cow alfalfa, 115.00-125.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 
130.00-150.00. New crop alfalfa 110.00-115.00 standing; 140.00-145 at the edge; 
Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 160.00-180.00 with an 
instance at 200.00. Grass hay: Bluestem large squares 80.00-90.00. The week of 
3/4-3/10, 9,671T of grinding alfalfa and 1,721T of dairy alfalfa were 
Cornstalks: large rounds 55.00-65.00, ground and delivered 70.00-75.00. 

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, alfalfa pellets, 
stock cow steady; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 200.00-210.00. 
Dairy, .95-1.00/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-185.00, Premium 160.00-170.00, Good 
140.00-150.00. Stock cow alfalfa, 135.00-145.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding 
alfalfa, 115.00-135.00 with instance at 150.00.  Ground and delivered locally 
feedlots 140.00-155.00 with two instances at 165.00-175.00. Alfalfa pellets: 
Cured 15 pct protein 180.00-195.00, 17 pct protein 180.00-200.00, Dehydrated 17 
pct 220.00-230.00. The week of 3/4-3/10, 3,906T of grinding alfalfa and 517T of 
dairy alfalfa were delivered. Grass hay: bluestem, large squares 80.00-90.00, 
large rounds 70.00-80.00; Brome, large squares 130.00 delivered; Oat hay, large 
squares 85.00-95.00, Sudan large rounds 75.00-80.00. Cornstalks: large rounds 
60.00-65.00, cornstalks ground and delivered 65.00-75.00, Straw large rounds 

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, horse/goat and stock cow alfalfa steady, grinding 
alfalfa, ground/delivered steady to 5.00 higher; movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse 
or goat, 215.00-225.00.  Dairy .80-.90/point RFV. Stock cow alfalfa 130.00-
140.00 with an instance at 150.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa 100.00-110.00. 
Ground and delivered, 125.00-135.00. Grass hay: bluestem, premium small squares 
110.00-120.00 with instances at 130.00-140.00. Good, mid and large squares 
80.00-100.00, large rounds 65.00-75.00. Brome: small squares 6.00-8.00/bale. 
Good, mid and large squares 100.00-115.00, large rounds 70.00-80.00. Oat hay, 
large rounds 75.00-85.00. The week of 3/4-3/10, 1,799T of grass hay were 
delivered. Oat hay good, large rounds 130.00 delivered, Straw, mid and large 
squares 50.00-60.00. Mulch, large rounds 50.00-55.00.

Northwest Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa steady, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered steady to 5.00 
higher; movement slow. Alfalfa: small squares, 5.00-6.00/bale. Horse or goat, 
175.00-200.00. Dairy, Premium/Supreme .90-.95/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 
110.00-120.00. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 95.00.00-105.00. Ground and 
locally to feedlots and dairies, 115.00-125.00. Cornstalks, large rounds 80.00-

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay steady, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; 
movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse, premium small squares 9.00-10.00/bale, good 
small squares 8.00/bale. Dairy .95-1.05/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-195.00, 
Premium 170.00-185.00, Good 150.00-170.00.  New crop dairy quality alfalfa 
175.00-185.00, Stock Cow, good 110.00-120.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 
100.00-110.00 with an instance at 120.00. Ground and delivered, 135.00-145.00. 
Grass hay: bluestem, small squares 5.00-6.00/bale, large squares 100.00-110.00, 
large rounds 70.00-85.00.  Brome: Good, small squares 6.00-8.00/bale, mid and 
large squares, 125.00-130.00, good large rounds 85.00-95.00. Sudan large rounds 
60.00-70.00; Straw: small squares, 4.00-5.00/bale, large squares 75.00-85.00, 
large rounds 65.00-75.00. 

***Prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. Dairy alfalfa 
prices are for mid and large squares unless otherwise noted. Horse hay is in 
small squares unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most recent sales. 
*CWF Certified Weed Free  

Alfalfa Quality Guidelines 
Quality       ADF     NDF   *RFV/RFQ   **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).  
Source: Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture - Manhattan, Kansas 
Kim Nettleton   785-564-6709  
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