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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2020-06-11)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - June 11, 2020

Greeley, CO    Thu Jun 11, 2020    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light.  Northeast 
Colorado finishing 1st cutting alfalfa with windy, scattered storm 
conditions challenging producers.  Producers in southwest Colorado are 
harvesting 1st cutting grass hay with customers ordering small squares 
prior to cutting.  Southeast Colorado is wrapping up 1st cutting alfalfa.  
Trade inactive in the San Luis Valley with 1st cutting underway.  Snow 
and rainfall in the Mountains and Northwest Colorado regions provided a 
little relief for producers.  According to the U.S Drought Monitor’s High 
Plains Summary released June 9, 2020, extreme drought (D3) was expanded 
across southeast Colorado based in part on soil moisture in the lowest 
5th percentile. Above normal temperatures coupled with periods of strong 
winds continue to result in rapidly worsening conditions and reports of 
widespread selling of cattle. Trinidad, Colorado recorded only 1.66" of 
precip year-to-date which is the driest January 1-June 9 on record. Data 
here dates back to 1948.  According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress 
Report for week ending June 7, 2020, 1st cutting harvested alfalfa hay is 
at 44 percent with crop condition percentages for alfalfa hay rated 6 
percent Very Poor, 10 percent Poor, 28 percent Fair, 48 percent Good and 
8 percent Excellent.  Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very 
short, 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.  The 
next available report will be Thursday, June 18, 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: Good/Premium 155.00.
                  Good 120.00-125.00.
          Rounds: Premium 225.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 290.00-307.50 (8.00-10.00), Retail/Stable.
  Timothy/Brome Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00- (7.25 per bale), 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
   Large Squares: Good/Premium 150.00, Rain Damaged.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Premium 125.00, 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
     Mid Squares: Premium 180.00.
                  Good 150.00.
   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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