USDA South Dakota Hay 08/17 13:15
Sioux Falls, SD Fri Aug 17, 2018 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News
South Dakota Weekly Hay Summary
All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.
Compared to last week: On a light reported volume, all classes of
hay remain steady. Good demand for high feed value alfalfa, only
moderate for lower quality alfalfa. Dairies are in need of this high
quality hay but low milk prices are causing them to balk at buying
hay at these price levels. Very good demand for high quality grass hay
as supplies, East River, are more limited. The very high humidity, East
River, along with rains at the wrong time are making it very difficult
again to make high quality alfalfa or grass hay. With the dew points
in the 60s and 70s the dews are very heavy in the morning, along with
pockets of fog and are slow to burn off. Hay is unable to dry down and
cure quickly because of these very moist conditions. Rain in the
southeast part of the state again this week as many hay growers made
their third cutting. Drought conditions in central SD, with the worst
of it being from the Huron area and intensifying to the north beyond
Aberdeen. Very hot weather last week saw this area expand quickly.
All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 200.00; Small Squares, 210.00 (6.50
per bale). Good to Premium: Large Squares, 170.00. Good: Large
Squares, 150.00-160.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 120.00. Utility: Large
Rounds and Squares, 100.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 185.00; 17 pct 190.00. Alfalfa
Meal: 17 pct 195.00.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00. Good: Large
Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 5.00-5.50 per bale. Good: Large
Rounds, 140.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 120.00. Utility: Large Rounds,
Cornstalks: No Reported Sales.
Straw: Small Squares, 4.00 per bale.
Alfalfa: No Reported Sales.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: No Reported Sales.
Grass: No Reported Sales.
Straw: No Reported Sales.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100 pct TDN-90 pct 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 WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the
western formula. Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors
can affect feeding value. Values based on 100 pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay
price or value more than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350
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