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USDA Kansas Hay                                    05/15 12:25
DC_GR310
Manhattan, KS   Tue May 15, 2018    Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kansas Hay Market Report  
                     
Ground alfalfa movement:    Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage: 7,445/3,586        Last week: 7,484/3,747  Last year:  10,227/4,063
             
Hay market trade activity is very light, while demand remains very good for all 
types of hay. Prices for all hay mostly steady. Alfalfa trade is nearly non-
existent, while most of the hay moving is old contract loads. The word on new 
crop pricing is "mum," with only a few producers reporting any new crop pricing 
at all.  Most producers are waiting to see if they have a hay crop to price and 
those that do have a crop state that they are generally 10 days to two weeks 
out 
from first cutting - extreme far northwest Kansas may not see their first 
cutting until mid-June. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, locally heavy 
rains (3-to-5 inches) impacted isolated areas of northeastern Kansas leading to 
a reduction in areas of moderate drought. The abnormally dry (D0) category is 
at 
97.5 pct, moderate drought (D1) decreased to 82 pct, severe drought (D2) 
decreased to 57.5 pct, extreme drought (D3) remains at 27 pct and exceptional 
drought (D4) remains at 7 pct.  If you have hay for sale, and/or need hay here 
in Kansas, use the services of the Internet Hay Exchange: 
www.hayexchange.com/ks.php. 
  
Southwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay steady; grinding alfalfa steady to 5.00 higher, 
ground/delivered steady to 10.00 higher; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small 
squares 240.00-250.00. Dairy, .95-1.00/point RFV, Supreme 180.00-190.00, 
Premium 
165.00-175.00, Good 150.00-160.00.  Stock or Dry Cow alfalfa, 175.00-185.00.  
Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 155.00-165.00. New crop grinding alfalfa 155.00-
165.00 at the edge, with an instance at 190.00.  Ground and delivered locally 
to 
feedlots and dairies, 165.00-195.00 with two instances at 200.00. Grass hay: 
Bluestem large squares 80.00-90.00, large rounds 70.00-80.00. The week of 5/13-
5/19, 7,445T of grinding alfalfa and 1,499T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. 
Sorghum ground and delivered 105.00-115.00; wheat hay ground and delivered 
125.00-135.00; Cornstalks: large rounds 55.00-65.00, ground and delivered 70.00-
80.00. The average paid by feedlots on May 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered 
was 160.75, up 4.05 from last month, usage was 576T/day, down 7.5 pct, and 
total 
usage was 17,294T.

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay, alfalfa pellets 
steady; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 190.00-200.00. Dairy, .95-
1.00/point RFV, Supreme 180.00-190.00, Premium 165.00-175.00, Good 150.00-
160.00. Stock cow alfalfa, 145.00-160.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 
130.00-150.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 165.00-175.00 with an 
instance at 185.00. Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 190.00-205.00, 17 
pct protein 190.00-210.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 235.00-245.00. The week of 5/13-
5/19, 3,586T of grinding alfalfa and 550T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. 
Grass 
hay: bluestem, large squares 90.00-100.00, large rounds 75.00-85.00; 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 70.00-80.00, Straw large rounds 70.00-75.00. The average paid by 
feedlots on May 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was 146.36, up 2.23 from 
last 
month, usage was 256T/day, down 7.25 pct, and total usage was 7,667T.

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, horse/goat, stock cow alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, 
ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse or goat, 
215.00-225.00.  Dairy .90-1.00/point RFV. Stock cow alfalfa 140.00-150.00.  
Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, none reported. Ground and delivered, none reported. 
Grass hay: bluestem, premium small squares 110.00-130.00 with an instance at 
150.00. Good, mid and large squares 90.00-105.00 with an instance at 120.00, 
large rounds 70.00-80.00 with an instance at 90.00-100.00. Brome: small squares 
6.00-8.00/bale. Good, mid and large squares 100.00-120.00 with an instance at 
135.00, large rounds none reported. Oat hay, large rounds 85.00-95.00, with an 
instance at 130.00 delivered. The week of 5/13-5/19, 1,017T of grass hay were 
delivered. Straw, mid and large squares 50.00-60.00. Mulch, large rounds 50.00-
55.00.

Northwest Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered steady; movement slow. 
Alfalfa: small squares, 6.00-7.00/bale. Horse or goat, 220.00-230.00. Dairy, 
Premium/Supreme .90-1.00/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 120.00-130.00. 
Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 100.00-120.00. New crop alfalfa 110.00-120.00 in 
the 
field.  Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 120.00-130.00. 
Cornstalks, large rounds 70.00-75.00.

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, 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, Supreme 200.00. Stock Cow, good 
120.00-125.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 110.00-120.00 with an instance at 
150.00. Ground and delivered, 140.00-150.00 with an instance at 175.00. Grass 
hay: bluestem, small squares 5.00-6.00/bale, large squares 105.00-115.00, large 
rounds 90.00-100.00.  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  
Posted to the Internet:  www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/DC_GR310.txt 

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