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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   02/15 11:40
Kearney, NE    Thu Feb 15, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending February 16, 2018

  Compared to last week, alfalfa hay sold unevenly steady. Grass hay sold 
steady. Ground and delivered hay sold steady. Dehy pellets sold mostly 
steady to 10.00 higher. Demand for sun-cured and dehy pellets was good 
this week. Several reports from pellet makers theres a lot of lookers 
for this type of product to be blended back into different types of feed 
or to be fed as a sole ration. Demand was good in the West for baled hay 
of all types. This area is in short supply of forage products with the 
front Range of Colorado buying a lot of hay from this area. Also, local 
demand and usage is high for hay products. Demand soften a tick in 
Eastern and Central areas as warmer weather has prevailed and forage 
buyers have stepped back to see the tonnage they have procured and are 
figuring out how much more they may need to meet there usage needs until 
new crop is baled. There has been some inquiry about new crop alfalfa 
and where it may be priced. Especially from areas that are showing up on 
the National drought monitor.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the 
field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 165.00. Good large square bales 
130.00-135.00; Fair large square bales 105.00-138.00. Premium large round 
bales 90.00-100.00. Good large round 80.00-95.00. Grass Hay: Premium 
large round bales 85.00-100.00; Good large round bales 80.00-85.00. 
Premium small square bales of grass hay 150.00. Cornstalk bales 50.00-
60.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 120.00.  Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 
percent protein 195.00-230.00. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 85.00-95.00, few at 110.00. Grass Hay: 
Good to Premium large round bales 90.00-100.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 120.00-125.00, with some loads at 130.00. Alfalfa/Stover mix 
110.00-115.00, few at 120.00-125.00, Ground and delivered cornstalks 
85.00-90.00. Dehy pellets 17 percent protein 195.00-210.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 185.00; Premium large square bales 
150.00-165.00; Good large square bales 135.00-140.00. Good large round 
bales 130.00-145.00; fair large round bales 110.00. Grass Hay: Fair large 
round bales 120.00. Straw large square bales 60.00-65.00. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 150.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 

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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