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USDA Texas Hay 05/17 09:15

USDA Texas Hay                                     05/17 09:15
Amarillo, TX       Fri, May 17, 2019    USDA Market News

Weekly Texas Hay Report 

   Compared to last report: Most hay classes sold steady; ground Alfalfa 
sold steady to 5.00 lower.  Trade activity was light to moderate on 
moderate demand with not a lot of variety of hay on the market.  New crop 
wheat started to be traded and establishing the market.  A lot of wet hay 
on the ground after recent rains and hoping for a chance to dry out 
before baling.  West Texas Alfalfa is about 2 to 3 weeks behind due to 
rains and tornados.  Coastal Bermuda producers in the east are behind as 
well due to rains as well. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton 
except where noted. 

   The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing phone set 
up for Buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-
512-787-9966. The website for the hotline is: 

Panhandle/High Plains:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 265.00-
275.00; Good to Premium 225.00-265.00.               
Small bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 297.00-330.00, 9.00-
10.00 per bale. 
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 210.00-220.00. 
                                            Calf 230.00-235.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 180.00-
      Small Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 360.00, 11.00 per bale. 
Wheat: Large Bales: Delivered: Beardless 160.00-165.00.
Bearded 145.00-155.00.   
CRP: Ground: Delivered: 90.00.
Large Bales: Delivered: 75.00-85.00.

Far West Texas/Trans Pecos: 
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme
     290.00, 8.00-9.00 per bale.
 Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 250.00-280.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 297.00-330.00, 
9.00-10.00 per bale.
      Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 120.00, 60.00 per 
roll; Fair to Good 90.00-120.00, 45.00-60.00 per bale.
South Texas:
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 264.00-297.00, 
      8.00-9.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-264.00 5.00-8.00 per bale. 
 Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 100.00-
120.00, 50.00-60.00 per roll.
   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% dry 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
Utility             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 Designation's 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 damage.  
   Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes 
and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed, 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 Market News Service, Amarillo, TX
         Lana Hutto, Market Reporter 806-356-5785
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