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USDA California Hay                                02/23 11:45
Greeley, CO   Fri Feb 23, 2018   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News

California Hay Report

  Compared to last week: All classes traded steady with good demand.  According 
to the U.S Drought Monitor 2/22/18, most of California and Nevada also remained 
dry this week. Above-normal temperatures over the last few months, combined 
precipitation deficits over most of the Southwest, led to the continuation of 
drought in much of the Southwest region. Moderate drought expanded through 
of the Sierra Nevada, where very low snowfall, short- and seasonal-range 
precipitation deficits, and warm temperatures so far this winter continued. 
ski areas have even closed because of the lack of snowfall. Abnormally dry 
conditions expanded through the rest of the Central Valley in California, where 
precipitation deficits over the water year and streamflow continued to degrade. 
Moderate drought expanded over south-central Oregon, where short-term and water 
year precipitation deficits intensified.  Hay is reported FOB the stack or barn 
unless otherwise noted.  Regions are defined at bottom of report. 

Tons:  1345    Last Week:  1100    Last Year:  3050                             

Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
      Good                    220  180.00-180.00  180.00     Rain Damage

Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
      Premium                  25  280.00-280.00  280.00     Retail/Stable     

Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
      Premium                 25  300.00-300.00  300.00 Del Retail/Stable     
      Fair                    200  230.00-230.00  230.00 Del                   

Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:  No New Sales Confirmed.                  

Region 5: Southern California: No New Sales Confirmed.

Region 6: Southeast California:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
      Supreme                 800  225.00-225.00  225.00                       
      Premium/Supreme          75  210.00-210.00  210.00  
The following are the counties included in each region:                        
Region 1: Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, and Plumas.                         
Region 2: Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer,  
          Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Amador, and Alpine.             
Region 3: San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Merced, Mariposa.
Region 4: Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Inyo.                             
Region 5: Kern, Northeast Los Angeles, and Western San Bernardino.             
Region 6: Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial.                     

Alfalfa hay test guidelines, (for domestic livestock use and not more than 10% 
grass, used with visual appearance and intent of sale Quantitative factors are 
approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.

             ADF     NDF     RFV     TDN-100%    TDN-90%   CP-100%
 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

ADF = Acid Detergent Fiber; NDF = Neutral Detergent Fiber; RFV = Relative Feed 
Value; TDN = Total Digestible nutrients. RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn 
formula.  TDN calculated using the western formula. Values based on 100% dry 
matter, TDN both 90% and 100%.

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Jonathan Gittlein and Greg Sanders 970-353-9750               

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