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USDA IA & NE Hay 01/17 12:45

USDA IA & NE Hay                                   01/17 12:45
Kearney, NE    Thu Jan 17, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending January 18, 2019

  Compared to last week alfalfa hay, grass hay, ground and delivered hay 
and Dehy pellets sold steady. Demand was moderate to good across the 
state. Some areas of the state that received snow last weekend sales of 
small square bales picked up. Artic temperatures in the forecast over 
this weekend and several reports that cattlemen and feedlots are trying 
to stockpile some hay for the near term feeding needs.   All sales are 
dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 180.00; Good large squares 140.00-160.00. 
Good large rounds 100.00-115.00; Fair large rounds 72.50-87.50. 
Alfalfa/Orchard mix: Premium large rounds 120.00. Grass Hay: Premium 
large rounds 100.00-105.00; Good large rounds 85.00-90.00; Fair large 
rounds 65.00-75.00. Premium small squares 160.00-170.00, some 6.50-8.00 
per bale on small lots. Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00, few at 70.00. Cane 
in large rounds 80.00. Small squares bales of straw 3.50-4.00 per bale. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 100.00-110.00. Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-135.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 
95.00-110.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 230.00. Sun-cured 
alfalfa pellets 15 percent of better at 210.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 175.00-180.00; Good large squares 150.00-
160.00; Fair large squares 135.00-140.00. Good large rounds 130.00-
145.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Good to Premium large squares 180.00-
200.00. Straw in large square bales 90.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
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
          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 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC (308) 390-5399
         Website: www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/wh_gr310.txt
         Email: Thomas.walthers@ams.usda.gov  

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