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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-09-12)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - September 12, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Sep 12, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light.  According to the U.S 
Drought Monitorís High Plains Summary released September 10, 2019, unsettled 
weather brought widespread light precipitation to much of the High Plains, 
especially Montana and the Dakotas, while monsoonal moisture produced scattered 
showers in Colorado, western Nebraska, and parts of Kansas and Wyoming. In 
central Colorado, 1-2 inches of rain south of Denver eliminated short-term 
deficiencies, thus D0 was erased. Farther to the southwest and southeast, 
however, dry and warm weather increased 90-day deficiencies as the southwest 
monsoon has been weak and spotty, generating SPIs less than -1.5 on a 30-, 60-, 
and 90-day time scales. The wet winter and spring is fast becoming a faded 
memory as the summer heat and dryness continued to assert itself with impacts. 
Accordingly, D0 expanded into Gunnison, Pitkin, and Saguache counties in the 
southwest, while D0 increased in Las Animas and Otero counties in the southeast. 
D1 also slightly crept northward in southwestern Colorado.  According to the 
NASS Colorado Crop Progress report for week ending September 8, 2019, stored 
feed supplies were rated 3 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 12 percent 
surplus with 3rd cutting alfalfa progress at 61 percent harvested and 4th 
cutting at 18 percent harvested.  The next available report will be Thursday, 
September 19, 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: Supreme 190.00.
                  Good 150.00.
                  Fair 135.00, DEL.
   Small Squares: Supreme 285.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 280.00-300.00 (8.00-8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good 265.00 (8.00 per bale), Weedy Retail/Stable.
          Rounds: Supreme 230.00, Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix
   Large Squares: Premium 270.00, Retail/Stable.
  Orchard/Brome Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Rye Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 290.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Oat Hay
   Large Squares: Good 125.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 322.50 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Timothy/Brome Grass Mix
     Mid Squares: Premium 230.00, Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
   Large Squares: Good 200.00, Organic.
   Large Squares: Premium 180.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00.
   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

0730M    hmd

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