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USDA - AMS: Nebraska Weekly Hay Summary (Fri) (2019-10-10)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - October 10, 2019

Kearney, NE    Thu Oct 10, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending Oct 11, 2019

  Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Demand was 
light to moderate with good demand noted for ground and delivered hay 
especially in places of the state where they are expecting snow the next 
few days. Several reports from producers in the panhandle are mowing 
alfalfa or other hay crops before the storm. Because, after the snow it 
would be nearly impossible to pick up and cut. Some producers busy with 
sugar beet harvest, dry edible bean and high moisture corn out west. Corn 
and bean combining continues across most of the state. Note: “All sales 
are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 
All reported prices are confirmed sold prices.”

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds 100.00-105.00, few at 115.00. Prairie Hay: 
Premium large rounds 125.00-130.00; Good large rounds 95.00-110.00; Fair 
large rounds 75.00-85.00. Premium small squares 170.00-180.00. Cane in 
large rounds 70.00. Oat hay large rounds 80.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 
percent 300.00; Sun-cured alfalfa 15 percent protein 260.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds 105.00-110.00, few at 115.00. Grass hay: 
Good large rounds 115.00; Fair large rounds 90.00. Oat hay large rounds 
80.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa-cornstalk mix 125.00-135.00. Cane/stubble mix ground and 
delivered 115.00.  Ground and delivered corn stalks 110.00. Dehy alfalfa 
pellets 17 percent protein 275.00; Sun-cured alfalfa 15 percent protein 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large squares 195.00-200.00; Premium large squares 
180.00; Good large squares 160.00-165.00; Fair large squares 130.00-
140.00. Oat/alfalfa mix large squares 120.00. Straw large squares 80.00. 
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

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