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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2020-05-14)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - May 14, 2020

GL_GR310    
Greeley, CO    Thu May 14, 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 with moderate buyer interest but light 
sales.  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 12, 2020, drought is intensifying quickly across the southern tier of 
this region from southern Colorado through western Kansas. Severe D2 
drought is now extant throughout this area, and extreme D3 drought 
envelops much of southern Colorado and adjacent southwestern Kansas. Most 
of this region has recorded less than an inch of precipitation during the 
past 3 months, and at best a few tenths of an inch have fallen mid-March. 
Abnormally warm weather is exacerbating the acute dryness. The past 3 
months have averaged 2 to 4 degrees F above normal, and since late April, 
averages have been 7 to 9 degrees F above normal.  According to the NASS 
Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending May 10, 2020, crop 
condition percentages for alfalfa hay were rated 3 percent Very Poor, 8 
percent Poor, 22 percent Fair, 58 percent Good and 9 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 21, 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
   Small Squares: Supreme 280.00 (7.75 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Grass
     Mid Squares: Premium 295, Retail/Stable.
  Timothy/Brome Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 265.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
     Mid Squares: Supreme 220.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 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
   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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