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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-07-11)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - July 11, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 11, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand moderate.  Small Squares of 
retail/stable hay readily clearing the market at regionalized prices.  Hay 
producers that typically market dairy quality hay are hesitant to sell at 
current offers of 1.00 dollar per point RFV.  Lower quality alfalfa for grinder 
hay is starting to move in larger volumes.  While few areas of the state are 
just finishing first cutting, regions across the state that received higher 
temps over the past couple weeks are preparing for second cutting.  According to 
the U.S Drought Monitorís High Plains Summary released July 9, 2019, Conditions 
remained essentially unchanged, though there was some limited southwestern 
expansion of moderate drought. Subnormal short-term rainfall has been observed 
in a few areas across central and western Kansas and eastern portions of 
Nebraska, but D0 introduction was not yet warranted.  According to the NASS 
Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending July 7, 2019, stored feed supplies 
were rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 6 
percent surplus; 1st cutting alfalfa hay progress is at 95 percent, 2nd cutting 
16 percent.  The next available report will be Thursday, July 18, 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: Fair 120.00.
                  Utility/Fair 150.00-160.00, DEL.
          Rounds: Premium/Supreme 235.00, Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
     Mid Squares: Premium 260.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
          Rounds: Premium 245.00, Retail/Stable.
                  Premium 140.00, DEL.
  Orchard/Brome Grass
     Mid Squares: Good 230.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 300.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good 280.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good 265.00 (7.50 per bale), Rain Damaged Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Premium 225.00-235.00.
                  Good 190.00, DEL.
   Small Squares: Premium 280.00-350.00 (8.00-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Oat Hay
   Large Squares: Good 90.00-110.00, DEL.
  Oat/Pea Hay
   Large Squares: Good 130.00 FOB.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Utility/Fair 150.00, DEL.
     Mid Squares: Premium 220.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 325.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good 290.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
     Mid Squares: Premium 330.00-360.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00-360.00 (9.00-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Wheat Straw
          Rounds: Good 60.00-70.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
   Large Squares: Supreme 205.00.
                  Premium/Supreme 190.00-200.00.
                  Supreme 255.00, Organic.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 340.00 (11.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
       3-tie 90#: Premium 310.00 (14.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
       3-tie 95#: Premium 335.00 (16.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Orchard/Timothy Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 275.00-370.00 (9.00-12.00 per bale), Certified Weed 
   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
   Small Squares: Premium 320.00 (8.75 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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