USDA Kansas Hay 05/15 12:25
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
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
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:
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,
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
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
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.
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
month, usage was 256T/day, down 7.25 pct, and total usage was 7,667T.
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-
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
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
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
***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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