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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-01-17)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - January 17, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Jan 17, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity light on moderate demand.  Producers 
moving mostly previously contracted hay.  According to the U.S. Drought 
Monitor’s High Plains summary for January 15, 2019, heavy precipitation (over 
0.5 inch, liquid equivalent) for this time of year prompted a 1-category 
improvement to drought conditions over south-central to southeast Colorado, 
including the counties of Pueblo, Otero, and Bent. This past week’s 
precipitation is more than their monthly average for January.  USDA NRCS 
Colorado SNOTEL River Basin Index percentages for Thursday, January 17, 2019:  
Gunnison 100, Upper Colorado 105, South Platte 110, Laramie and North Platte 97, 
Yampa and White 101 Arkansas 124, Upper Rio Grande 82, and San Miguel, Dolores, 
Animas and San Juan 89.  The next available report will be Thursday, January 24, 
2019.  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:

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Utility 170.00, DEL.
  Wheat Hay
   Large Squares: Good 115.00, DEL.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
     Mid Squares: Supreme 260.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Supreme 280.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
     Mid Squares: Good 180.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   Large Squares: Premium/Supreme 250.00.
   Large Squares: Premium 255.00, Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Supreme 275.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 430.00 (14.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
       95# 3-tie: Premium 420.00 (20.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   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

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