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USDA - AMS: Nebraska Weekly Hay Summary (Fri) (2019-06-20)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - June 20, 2019

Kearney, NE    Thu Jun 20, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending June 21, 2019

  Compared to last week, old crop hay sold steady. Dehy pellets sold 5.00 
to 10.00 higher. Buyer inquiry was good for baled hay and for pellets. So 
far, summer of 2019 has been very similar to 2018 as there have been a 
limited number of sunny days that producers can put up top quality hay. 
Tonnage of alfalfa in a large area has been less in many cases for the 
first cutting and quite a lot of hay is down and producers are waiting 
for sunshine and a tick of wind in order to bale. Some areas of the state 
received .50 to 3.00 inches of rain along with hail this week. All sales 
are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: New crop Premium large squares 180.00-200.00; Good large squares 
155.00; Good large rounds 130.00.  Old crop Good large squares 140.00-
155.00; Good large rounds 90.00-120.00; Utility large squares 75.00. 
Alfalfa/Orchard grass: New crop Good to Premium large rounds 150.00. 
Grass Hay: Old Crop Good large rounds 90.00-100.00. Premium small squares 
160.00-170.00. Good small squares of brome grass 8.00 per bale. 
Cornstalks large rounds 70.00 delivered. Alfalfa green chop delivered to 
the pit 160.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 330.00; Organic Dehy 
alfalfa pellets 16 percent protein 375.00; Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 
percent protein 300.00. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
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 250.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: New crop Premium large squares 180.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 153.00-158.00. Cornstalks in large squares 55.00. 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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