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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-08-29)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - August 29, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Aug 29, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light to moderate.  
According to the U.S Drought Monitorís High Plains Summary released August 27, 
2019, in the Southern High Plains, rainfall has been below average over the last 
couple of months - including the past week - in eastern Colorado while 
temperatures have been above average. Several areas of abnormal dryness were 
introduced this week, including in the central Colorado Mountains over the 
higher elevations, eastern Larimer and western Weld Counties and Colorado 
Springs, and in Las Animas. With the heat, evaporative demand has been high for 
many of these locations.  According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress report 
for week ending August 25, 2019, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent 
short, 81 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus with 3rd cutting alfalfa 
progress at 81 percent harvested and 4th cutting at 6 percent harvested.  The 
next available report will be Thursday, September 5, 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: Premium 175.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 285.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Large Squares: Premium 280.00, Retail/Stable.
     Mid Squares: Premium 237.50, Retail/Stable.
                  Fair/Good 200.00, Retail/Stable.
                  Utility/Fair 170.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 265.00-290.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
          Rounds: Premium 225.00, Retail/Stable.
  Orchard/Brome Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
     Mid Squares: Premium 200.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Good/Premium 240.00 (7.45 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Sorghum Sudan Grass
          Rounds: Fair 75.00, DEL.
     Mid Squares: Good 180.00, DEL.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
  Meadow Grass Hay
   Large Squares: Premium 200.00, Organic.
   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
  Meadow Grass Hay
   Small Squares: Premium 275.00 (7.50 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

0930M    hmd

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