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USDA - AMS: Nebraska Weekly Hay Summary (Fri) (2019-06-06)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - June 6, 2019

Kearney, NE    Thu Jun 06, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending June 07, 2019

  Compared to last week Dehy alfalfa pellets in the Eastern side of the 
state sold sharply higher and in the Platte valley area sold 5.00 higher. 
Baled hay sold steady on a very thin test. Demand was very good for dehy 
and sun-cured alfalfa pellets. Light demand for old crop hay with 
moderate demand for new crop alfalfa going to dairies. Some new crop 
alfalfa has been sold at 1.05 per point on RVF results. Some producers 
are out cutting alfalfa, especially in areas where the weevil has 
prevailed. Others are trying to outsmart Mother Nature as they cut small 
parts of their fields hoping they can put some hay up in great condition. 
Several reports of balage (bales in a bag) and haylage (pit stored) 
alfalfa across the state. Some farmers have decided to take preventive 
planting as others keep trying to finish on corn and soybeans. All sales 
are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Grass Hay: Good large rounds 95.00-100.00. Premium small squares 160.00-
170.00. Good small squares of brome grass 6.50-7.00 per bale. Cornstalks 
large rounds baled this spring 60.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 
320.00; Organic Dehy alfalfa pellets 16 percent protein 375.00; Sun-cured 
alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 300.00. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 110.00 delivered.  Standing hay price: 
70.00-75.00 instances 80.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-155.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-145.00. Ground and 
delivered cornstalks 95.00-110.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 
protein 245.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Ground and delivered alfalfa 153.00-158.00.  Sun-cured alfalfa 
pellets 15 percent protein 255.00.
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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