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USDA - AMS: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu) (2020-07-16)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - July 16, 2020

Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 16, 2020    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

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Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand moderate.  Northeast 
Colorado 2nd cutting alfalfa harvest in full swing.  Southeast Colorado 
is still battling extreme drought as they are beginning to harvest 2nd 
cutting alfalfa.  Growers harvesting meadow grass hay are experiencing 
extreme yield loss.  In the San Luis Valley, the monsoon season is 
starting, delaying the beginning of 2nd cutting alfalfa.  Producers in 
the SLV have started putting down meadow grass and are only expecting 50 
percent of the normal tonnage.  In southwest Colorado drought continues 
to add pressure to market prices as irrigation water is getting short.  
No trades were reported in the Mountains and Northwest Colorado regions 
as hay producers are holding out for better market conditions on old crop 
horse quality hay with new crop to be harvested soon at a 10-15 percent 
yield loss compared to prior years.  According to the U.S Drought 
Monitorís Drought Classification Map of Colorado for July 14, 2020, 
category percentages were:  None 4.64, D0-D4 95.36, D1-D4 70.20, D2-D4 
57.84, and D3-D4 36.91.  According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress 
Report for week ending July 12, 2020, 1st cutting harvested alfalfa hay 
is at 96 percent, 2nd cutting at 31 percent with crop condition 
percentages for alfalfa hay rated 9 percent Very Poor, 12 percent Poor, 
29 percent Fair, 44 percent Good and 6 percent Excellent.  Stored feed 
supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 73 percent 
adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  The next available report will be 
Thursday, July 23, 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 150, DEL.
                  Fair/Good 150.00.
                  Fair 135.00-145.00, DEL Contract.
     Mid Squares: Premium 190.00, Retail/Stable.
    Large Rounds: Supreme 220.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 307.50-330.00 (9.25-10.00), Retail/Stable.
  Timothy/Brome Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 340.00-350.00 (9.50-9.75 per bale), 
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
     Mid Squares: Premium 180.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00 (8.00 per bale).
 21-bale Bundles: Premium 322.50 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
     Mid Squares: Premium 140.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
   Large Squares: Premium 190.00.
                  Fair 160.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Premium/Supreme 175.00-185.00.
  Orchard Grass
       95# 3-tie: Premium 360.00 (17.00 per bale), Retail/Stable 
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   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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