Dodge City, KS Tue May 17, 2011 USDA-KS Dept of Ag Market News
Kansas Hay Market Report
Ground alfalfa movement: Southwest/South Central
Tonnage: 11,200/3,922 Last week: 10,630/4,032 Last year: 10,523/3,703
Hay trade slow to moderate. Demand very strong for dairy and grinding alfalfa,
moderate to strong for alfalfa pellets, moderate for stock cow hay and grass
hay. Damage from insects and drought have dropped yields on new crop dryland
alfalfa from a normal of 2T plus to one half to three quarters of a ton/acre in
Central Kansas. Irrigators are beginning to cut their first cutting tonnage is
down a little in many cases. Alternative roughage supplies are short as well. If
you have hay for sale or pasture to rent or need hay or grazing, use the
services of the Hay and Pasture Exchange www.kfb.org/hayandpasture/default.htm
Dairy and grinding alfalfa higher on new crop. Movement moderate to active.
Alfalfa, Horse, small squares, no trade; Dairy new crop, 90 cents to mostly
1.00/point RFV, Supreme 170.00-220.00; Premium 170.00-185.00, Standing in the
field 105.00-120.00; Bunk hay 175.00-195:00; Fair-Good grinding alfalfa at
the edge of the field, 165.00-185.00, an instance 200.00 for winter pickup.
Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies old contracts 140.00-
165.00, new crop contracted 170.00-200.00. The week of 5/9-14 11,200T of
grinding alfalfa and 2,300T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. PM6 grass, Good,
small squares 175.00-210.00. Teff grass, Good small squares 200.00.
South Central Kansas
Dairy and grinding alfalfa steady to firm, alfalfa pellets firm to 5.00
higher. Movement moderate to active. Alfalfa, Dairy, 85 cents to mostly
1.00/point RFV, Supreme, 170.00-200.00; Premium 160.00-175.00; Fair-Good
grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field 100.00-130.00. Ground and delivered
locally to feedlots old contracts 120.00-135.00. The week of 5/9-14, 3,922T of
grinding alfalfa and 900T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Alfalfa pellets: Sun
Cured 15 pct protein 165.00-180.00; Sun Cured 17 pct 170.00-185.00; Dehydrated
17 pct 200.00.
Alfalfa, brome and prairie hay steady to firm. Movement moderate. Alfalfa:
Horse and goat, mid square 180.00-200.00; Supreme 170.00-175.00, Stock Cow and
sheep, mid squares Good 140.00; Bluestem: Good, small squares 90.00-100.00,
mostly 90.00-95.00, mid and large squares 65.00-85.00, mostly 75.00-80.00, large
rounds 50.00-70.00. Mulch, large rounds 50.00. Brome: Good, Small squares
100.00-110.00 mid and large squares 80.00-100.00, large rounds 50.00-70.00.
Dairy and grinding alfalfa steady. Movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa:
Dairy, no trade reported. Utility-Fair grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field
100.00-130.00; Ground and delivered to feedlots and dairies 125.00-150.00, most
trade near the upper end of the range.
North Central-Northeast Kansas
Dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome steady to higher on new
crop. Movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: Horse, 180.00-200.00; Dairy, 90 cents
to mostly 1.00/point RFV, Supreme, 180.00-200.00; Premium 160.00-180.00;
Utility-Fair grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field, 90.00-100.00, alfalfa
Ground-on-the-truck 100.00-115.00, Ground and delivered 120.00-130.00. Grass
hay: Bluestem Good, small squares, 3.50-4.00/bale, 90.00-100.00, Mid squares
70.00-80.00, large rounds 25.00-30.00/bale, 45.00-65.00/T. Brome: Good, small
squares, 4.75/bale, 90.00-120.00/T, Mid squares, 75.00-90.00, large round,
25.00-35.00/bale, 50.00-65.00/T, Fair 40.00-50.00/T. Grass Mulch, large round
50.00-60.00. Straw, small squares 2.50/bale, some 3.50 delivered, mid and large
bales 50.00-60.00/T, some 65.00 delivered.
***Prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. Dairy alfalfa
prices are for mid and large squares unless otherwise noted. Horse hay is in
small squares unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most recent sales.
Alfalfa Quality Guidelines
Quality ADF NDF *RFV/RFQ **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).
Source: Kansas Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS
Steve Hessman, Rich Hruska, OIC (620) 227-8881
24 hour price information (620) 369-9311
The Kansas Hay Market Report is provided by the Kansas Department of
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