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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2019-09-26)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - September 26, 2019

Greeley, CO    Thu Sep 26, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light to moderate.  Hay 
producers in the higher elevations are in the thick of 3rd cutting.  Millet 
harvest is wrapping up across the northern part of the state.  Corn sileage is 
getting laid in the pit across the state as well.  According to the U.S Drought 
Monitorís High Plains Summary released September 24, 2019, most of the region 
remained free of drought, as above-normal temperatures in the east contrasted 
with cool albeit dry conditions in the west. However, Abnormal Dryness (D0) and 
Moderate Drought (D1) were increased in parts of southwestern Kansas as well as 
south-central and western Colorado due to increasingly dry conditions over the 
past 90 days (30-50 percent of normal).  According to the NASS Colorado Crop 
Progress report for week ending September 22, 2019, stored feed supplies were 
rated 3 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus with 3rd 
cutting alfalfa progress at 82 percent harvested and 4th cutting at 30 percent 
harvested.  The next available report will be Thursday, October 3, 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/Supreme 190.00-210.00.
     Mid Squares: Good/Premium 200.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 290.00 (8.75 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00-350.00 (9.00-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Premium 370.00 (12.00 per bale), DEL Retail/Stable.
          Rounds: Premium 230.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
     Mid Squares: Good 200.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00 (7.80 per bale).
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
          Rounds: Premium 220.00.
  Timothy/Brome Grass Mix
     Mid Squares: Premium 220.00-250.00, Retail/Stable.
  Triticale Hay
          Rounds: Good 110.00.
   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
   Large Squares: Premium 180.00.
  Orchard Grass
       95# 3-tie: Premium 335.00 (16.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 325.00 (10.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Meadow Grass Hay
   Large Squares: Premium 200.00.
   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

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