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USDA-GL: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)

Greeley, CO - Thu Mar 8, 2018 - USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity light.  Demand very good on light trade 
activity for grass hay due to tight supplies.  Limited supply of Dairy quality 
alfalfa hay.  The bulk of trade activity this week has been for Retail/Stable 
quality hay.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for March 6, 2018, Southern 
parts of the Plains (above central Texas) experienced another week with little 
or no precipitation, prompting large-scale deterioration across the Texas and 
Oklahoma Panhandles, northeastern New Mexico, and central and western Kansas. 
This results in a broad area of D3 as noted in the South region write-up, with 
D1 and D2 areas also expanding northward through parts of central Kansas and 
east-central Colorado.  The USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s 
Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update Report for Thursday, March 8, 2018 has 
the Gunnison River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 60 percent, the Upper Colorado 
River basin at 80 percent, the South Platte River Basin at 84 percent, the 
Laramie and North Platte River Basins at 88 percent, the Yampa and White River 
Basins at 79 percent, the Arkansas River Basin at 60 percent, the Upper Rio 
Grande Basin at 53 percent and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan 
River Basins at 52 percent as a percent of the median of all SNOTEL sites in 
each basin compared to previous years.  The next available report will be 
Thursday, March 15, 2018.  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 

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium/Supreme 275.00 (8.25 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Mid Squares: Premium 333.00, Retail/Stable.
   Mid Squares: Premium 312.50-317.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 300.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable; Premium 263.00 
(7.25 per bale).   
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Mid Squares: Supreme 200.00.
   Small Squares: Supreme 230.00 (7.50-8.00 per bale).
   Small Squares: Premium 263.50 (7.25 per bale).
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Mid Squares: Good 150.00.
   Small Squares: Good 180.00 (5.00 per bale).
   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 
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
         Heath Dewey, Market Reporter

0900M    crd

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