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USDA - AMS: Nebraska Weekly Hay Summary (Fri) (2019-01-03)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - January 3, 2019

Kearney, NE    Thu Jan 03, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending January 04, 2019

  Compared to two weeks ago all reported baled forages sold steady. Dehy 
pellets sold 20.00 higher in the Eastern side of the state with the 
Platte Valley trading steady. Demand was light the first week of the New 
Year. Many contacts stated not a lot of calls coming in from new 
prospective buyers just the “regular” customers. Field conditions are 
poor in some areas of the state from rain and snow between Christmas and 
New Year’s making it hard for trucks to enter or exit hay piles. A 
million dollar question that comes up conversations will the baled hay 
market come up in the near future?  As, cornstalk production has been 
halted from Mother Nature it will be the roll of the dice to see what 
happens with the price of all other forages. As of today, no upward surge 
in prices of any forages but this time next week may be a different 
story. Some farmers in the Western side of the state still combining milo 
and some area corn farmers still busy with harvest. Many reports crops 
are not drying down so farmers just left the crop in the fields. But, 
with snow, rain and ice some are getting the products out before all is 
lost. All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless 
otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds 90.00-105.00 and 125.00-140.00 delivered.  
Grass Hay: Premium large rounds 100.00-105.00; Good large rounds 85.00-
90.00; Fair large rounds 65.00-75.00.  Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00. Dehy 
Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 280.00-290.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 95.00-110.00. Cornstalk bales 60.00-65.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-135.00.  Ground and delivered cornstalks 
95.00-110.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 215.00-230.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 175.00-180.00; Good large squares 150.00-
160.00; Fair large squares 135.00-140.00. Good large rounds 130.00-
145.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Good to Premium large squares 180.00-
200.00. Straw in large square bales 90.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
         than 10% grass)

 Quality     ADF     NDF      *RFV     **TDN-100%   **TDN-90%     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 Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
   Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 
90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
Sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines

         Quality            Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5
  Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence 
hay price or value more than testing results.
Hay Quality Designations physical descriptions:

Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra 
	   leafy.  Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. 
         Hay is excellent color and free of damage.

Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
         grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative 
         of a high nutritive content.  Hay is green and free of   

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and free of damage other than slight discoloration.
Fair:    Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in 
         grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally 
         coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.

Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in 
         Legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This 
         Category could include hay discounted due to excessive 
         damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will be 
         identified in market reports when using this category.

Source:  USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, NE 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC (308) 390-5399

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