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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2020-05-07)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - May 7, 2020

GL_GR310    
Greeley, CO    Thu May 7, 2020    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light.  Hay prices 
remain steady on retail/stable hay.  Spot market activity on feedlot and 
dairy hay inactive.  Bulk of feedlot and dairy hay market activity on 
receiving previously contracted hay.  According to the U.S Drought 
Monitorís High Plains Summary released May 5, 2020, Recent heavy rainfall 
(more than 1 inch) also brought a 1-category improvement to the high 
Plains of northeast Colorado. Conversely, a 1-category intensification of 
drought conditions were necessary across parts of western, southern, and 
southeast Colorado. Southern parts of the San Luis Valley and southeast 
Colorado have experienced abnormal heat and high evaporative demand. SPI 
values on multiple time scales support the introduction of extreme 
drought (D3) to parts of the San Luis Valley and southeast Colorado.  
According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending May 
3, 2020, crop condition percentages for alfalfa hay were rated 4 percent 
Poor, 22 percent Fair, 67 percent Good and 7 percent Excellent.  Stored 
feed supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 78 
percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  The next available report will 
be Thursday, May 14, 2020.  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: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
     Mid Squares: Supreme 262.50, Retail/Stable.
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00-340.00 (10.00-11.00 per bale), 
Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
     Mid Squares: Supreme 200.00.
                  Premium 180.00.
   Small Squares: Good 240.00 (7.20 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
  Alfalfa
       90# 3-Tie: Premium 310.00 (14.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Grass
       85# 3-Tie: Good 280.00 (12.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 270.00 (7.00 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 
Mineral.
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
         970-353-9750 Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR310.txt
         http://marketnews.usda.gov/portal/lg

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