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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-06-20)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - June 20, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Jun 20, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade light on good demand.  Hay production in the 
higher elevations will be pushed back due to cooler temps.  1st cutting in the 
San Luis Valley is just beginning with uncertainty on what prices will start out 
at.  According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending June 
16, 2019, 1st cutting alfalfa hay progress is at 56 percent.  In northeastern 
counties, reporters noted warm weather and recent moisture was beneficial for 
pasture grass growth and dryland crop conditions.  Alfalfa harvest was underway 
and warm temperatures notably promoted corn growth last week.  New seeding of 
alfalfa began last week.  Southeastern counties received moisture last week with 
some hail reported.  Alfalfa harvest was behind in these counties and sorghum 
was noted as slow to emerge.  The next available report will be Thursday, June 
27, 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: Good/Premium 175.00, Retail/Stable.
                  Utility/Fair 145.00, DEL.
   Small Squares: Premium 265.00 (7.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Good 200.00 (5.75 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Orchard/Brome Grass:
   Small Squares: Premium 360.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
    Large Rounds: Premium 176.50.
     Mid Squares: Premium 300.00, Retail/Stable.
                  Premium 245.00, Rain Damaged Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 300.00-335.00 (9.00-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good 230.00 (6.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Good 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

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

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Good 200.00-215.00, Old Crop.
   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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