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Kearney, NE    Thu Nov 16, 2017    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending November 17, 2017

  Compared to last week large square bales of alfalfa going to dairies sold 
steady to 10.00 higher; round bales of alfalfa sold fully steady; grass hay, 
dehy pellets and ground and delivered hay sold steady. Many producers continue 
with fall harvest.  Quite a lot of farmers are baling cornstalks to help clean 
up fields that have excessive amounts of ear corn and loose corn left in the 
field.  Dairy producers are starting to load up on hay and it has added a 
price surge in some of the trade areas.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the 
field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large square bales 150.00-175.00. Good large square bales 
150.00. Good to premium large round bales 110.00. Good large round 75.00-85.00. 
Grass Hay: Premium large round bales 85.00-90.00; Good large round bales 80.00-
85.00; fair large rounds 60.00-70.00. Premium small square bales of prairie hay 
150.00. Cornstalk bales with ear corn 60.00 delivered.  Soybean stubble round 
bales 45.00.  Ground and delivered alfalfa 115.00.  Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 
percent protein 195.00-210.00.  

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 75.00-85.00. Cornstalk bales with ear corn 
50.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 125.00-130.00. Alfalfa/Stover mix 115.00, 
Ground and delivered cornstalks 95.00-100.00. Dehy pellets 17 percent protein 
185.00-200.00.  Sun-Cured Alfalfa pellets 170.00. 

Panhandle of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large square bales 160.00-180.00; Good large square bales 
120.00-140.00; Fair large square bales 110.00-115.00. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: 
Good to Premium large square bales 140.00-150.00. Orchard Grass: Premium large 
square bales 145.00.  Grass hay: Large round bales 125.00 delivered. Straw: 
Large square bales 60.00-70.00.  Ground and delivered alfalfa 130.00-135.00. 

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 % dy 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 
         Tom Walthers, OIC Market Reporter (308) 390-5399

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