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USDA-GL: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)

Greeley, CO - Thu Nov 9, 2017 - USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News


Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady.  Activity and demand good 
in all classes.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition report for the 
week ending November 5, 2017 states that a reporter noted that lack of moisture 
continues to be a problem for rangeland conditions in northeast counties.  
Pasture and Range conditions were rated 2 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 23 
percent fair, 44 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.  Alfalfa crop progress 
for fourth cutting was rated at 76 percent complete.  Stored feed supplies were 
rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 14 percent 
surplus.  The USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s Colorado SNOTEL 
Snow/Precipitation Update Report for Thursday, November 9, 2017 has the Gunnison 
River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 55%, the Upper Colorado River basin at 88%, 
the South Platte River Basin at 117%, the Laramie and North Platte River Basins 
at 127%, the Yampa and White River Basins at 128%, the Arkansas River Basin at 
90%, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 64% and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and 
San Juan River Basins at 41% as a percent of the median of all SNOTEL sites in 
each basin compared to previous years.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack 
or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.  If you have 
hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado Department of 
Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00, 200.00, small lot; Premium 160.00; Good 
130.00-140.00; Good/Fair 125.00. 
   Small Squares: Supreme 265.00-300.00 (8.00-8.50 per bale), small lot.
  Grass
   Large Squares: Premium 275.00, small lot
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), small lot.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 305.00-315.00 (8.75-9.00 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00.
   Small Squares: Supreme 225.00 (6.75 per bale).
  Grass
   Round Bales: Premium 170.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (6.50 per bale), retail.
  Triticale
   Large Squares: Good 120.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00-190.00; Premium 180.00; Fair 115.00; Utility 
105.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Small Squares: Supreme 250.00 (12.00 per bale), retail; Premium 160.00 (5.00 
per bale).
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00 (7.00 per bale).
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 285.00 (13.00 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Grass
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Northeast: Weld, Washington, Morgan, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln, Elbert, 
Adams, Sedgwick, Yuma, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas, Kit Carson, Phillips, 
Logan, Boulder, Arapahoe, and El Paso.
Southeast: Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Otero, Prowers, 
Crowley, and Pueblo.
San Luis Valley: Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and 
Mineral.
Southwest: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, 
San Juan, Hinsdale, Archuleta, and La Plata.
Mountains and Northwest: Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, 
Gunnison, Teller, Grand, Chaffee, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit, 
Lake, and Eagle.

   Contracts are not indicative to other regions of the state and do not pertain 
to the cash market.  The term "Season" Means that as long as the hay meets the 
contract requirements the buyer takes delivery on every cutting in that 
particular year.  All contracts are marketed on a per ton basis. Prices figured 
on a per ton basis or a per point basis (.xx times the RFV).  
   * - When priced on a per point basis.
   * - NEL basis for corn silage

   Haylage is based on 88 percent dry matter.  Haylage formula most often used 
(Haylage wet ton x percent dry matter/88 percent = 12 percent baled hay).  
Haylage to be cut on an approximate 28 to 32 day cutting rotation.  
Quoted standing in the field.  

   Corn Silage 30-32 percent dry matter.  Based at .70 to .72 net energy for 
lactation (NEL).  Silage can be quoted standing in the field or delivered to the 
pit. ** All information is a basis for every contract and applies unless 
otherwise stated**

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
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 percent dry matter.  Quantitative factors 
are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.  Values based on 100 
percent dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price or value more than 
testing results. 

   Grass Hay guidelines
Quality       Crude Protein Percent 
Premium            Over 13
Good                  9-13
Fair                   5-9
Utility            Under 5

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Lindsay Brunet, Market Reporter
         970-353-9750 Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR310.txt
         http://marketnews.usda.gov/portal/lg

1130M    lrb

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