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USDA IA & NE Hay 05/23 12:20

USDA IA & NE Hay                                   05/23 12:20
Kearney, NE    Thu May 23, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending May 24, 2019

  Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Demand was 
moderate for baled hay with very good demand for alfalfa pellets. Some 
producers in the western side of the state noted some buyers would like 
to make contracts on new crop alfalfa hay. Many producers are on the 
fence about making contracts before any hay has been baled. Some dehy 
producers have cut some alfalfa but have not been able to get it to the 
plant due to wet conditions. Few, more reports of winter killed alfalfa 
this week across different areas of the state.  Rain across most of the 
state this week has put a halt to planting. But, good progress was made 
last week. Per Nass, week ending May 19, Corn planted was 70 percent, 
well behind 86 last year. Emerged was 27 percent, behind 49 last year. 
Soybeans planted was 40 percent, behind 61 last year. Emerged was 7 
percent, behind 22 last year. All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field 
or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00-200.00. Good large round 115.00. Grass 
Hay: Premium large rounds 100.00-110.00; Good large rounds 85.00-95.00. 
Premium small squares 160.00-170.00. Good large rounds of brome grass 
90.00 per bale. Good small squares of brome grass 6.50-7.00 per bale. 
Cornstalks large rounds 52.50. 
Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 105.00. Standing hay price: Mostly 
70.00-75.00 instances 80.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-160.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-145.00. Ground and 
delivered cornstalks 95.00-110.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent 
protein 220.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 240.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00. Good large rounds 130.00-140.00, 
150.00-160.00 delivered. Ground and delivered alfalfa 153.00-158.00.  
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00.

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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