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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2020-06-04)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - June 4, 2020

Greeley, CO    Thu Jun 4, 2020    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light.  Northeast 
Colorado harvesting alfalfa for haylage.  Drought conditions continue in 
southwest Colorado.  Southeast Colorado is currently harvesting and 
baling 1st cutting alfalfa and triticale for hay.  Drought conditions in 
that region persist with scattered showers offering little relief.  Trade 
inactive in the San Luis Valley.  Producers in the Mountains and 
Northwest Colorado regions concerned how the recent lack of moisture will 
impact yields on meadow grass.  According to the U.S Drought Monitor’s 
High Plains Summary released June 2, 2020, temperatures in the eastern 
part of the region were generally moderate, but temperatures from 3 to 12 
degrees above normal were common in western Kansas, western Nebraska, and 
in eastern Colorado and Wyoming.  In southeast Colorado and a small part 
of adjacent southwest Kansas, extreme drought expanded, as short-term 
precipitation deficits continued to worsen amid high evaporative demand.  
According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending May 
31, 2020, 1st cutting harvested alfalfa hay is at 25 percent with crop 
condition percentages for alfalfa hay rated 5 percent Very Poor, 9 
percent Poor, 25 percent Fair, 55 percent Good and 6 percent Excellent.  
Stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 
77 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.  The next available report 
will be Thursday, June 11, 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:

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Supreme 210.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00-250.00 (7.00-7.25), Retail/Stable.
  Timothy/Brome Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00-260.00 (7.00-7.50 per bale), 
     Mid Squares: Premium 240.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Good/Premium 265.00-290.00 (8.00 per bale), DEL 
   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
   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 
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 
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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