Dodge City, KS Tue May 13, 2014 USDA-KS Department of Ag Market News
Kansas Hay Market Report
Ground alfalfa movement: Southwest/South Central
Tonnage: 7,661/4,964 Last week: 7,917/4,258 Last year: 7,306/3,753
Hay trade and movement slow to moderate. Demand good for dairy, grinding and stock
cow alfalfa, light to moderate for grass hay and alfalfa pellets. This past week
brought a mixture of weather, hot to cold and stormy in some places with wind, hail
and a few tornadoes. The drought continues across most of Kansas. Swathers are
starting on the new crop alfalfa, so far quality is excellent, and yields are light.
A lot of the dryland acres may not get tall enough to swath. The grinding alfalfa
market finally got fired up in Southwest Kansas. If you have hay for sale or pasture
to rent or need hay or grazing, use the services of the Hay and Pasture
Dairy alfalfa steady to firm, grinding alfalfa 35.00-40.00, spots 50.00 higher.
Movement moderate. Alfalfa, Horse, 250.00-270.00, small squares 10.00/bale. Dairy,
Supreme 220.00-240.00, most on old contracts; Premium 210.00-230.00, new crop
contracted in the bale 220.00-240.00, new crop standing in the field, all cuttings
165.00-170.00; Stock cow 160.00-175.00. Fair-Good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of
the field or delivered in 185.00-200.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and
dairies, 175.00-200.00 on old contracts, new crop contracts 225.00-240.00. some
Ground-on-the-truck 155.00-170.00, old contracts. The week of 5/5-10, 7,661T of
grinding alfalfa and 1,450T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Straw, Good, large bales
60.00-70.00, or 85.00-100.00 delivered. Corn stalks 50.00-60.00, ground and delivered
85.00-110.00. Good, Sudan or Cane, BMR 75.00-90.00. The average paid by feedlots on
May 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was 204.35/T, down 7.96 from last month, usage
was 742T/day, down 3 percent, total usage was 22,267T.
South Central Kansas
Dairy and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets steady to firm. Movement moderate.
Alfalfa, Dairy, Supreme old crop contracts 220.00-240.00, a little new crop 250.00;
Premium 190.00-230.00, old crop contracts; Stock cow or Heifer, 150.00-180.00. Fair-
Good grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field last trade 140.00-150.00, Utility
110.00-130.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots, 160.00-195.00. The week of
5/5-10, 4,964T of grinding alfalfa and 1,475T of dairy alfalfa were delivered.
Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 220.00-230.00, 17 pct protein 235.00-
250.00; Dehydrated 17 pct 300.00. Straw, Good, large bales 55.00-70.00. Corn stalks
50.00-55.00. Grass hay, Good 80.00-100.00. Good, Sudan or Cane, regular or BMR 70.00-
90.00. The average paid by feedlots on May 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was
171.25/T, down 6.03 from last month, usage was 250T/day, down 2 percent, total usage
Alfalfa, brome and prairie hay steady. Movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: Dairy,
Premium-Supreme, mid squares 250.00-280.00, Good 200.00-210.00, Stock cow, 175.00.
Bluestem: Good, small squares 135.00-160.00, Fair, 130.00, mid and large squares
110.00-140.00, most 120.00-130.00, fair quality 100.00-110.00, large rounds 60.00-
80.00, Fair 50.00-60.00; Brome: Good, Small squares 140.00-160.00, mid and large
squares 120.00-140.00, Fair, 100.00, large rounds 70.00-90.00, Fair, 60.00-70.00.
Grass Mulch CWF, large round 60.00. Straw, Good, large bales 55.00-60.00.
Grinding alfalfa steady. Movement slow. Alfalfa: Horse, Small squares 300.00, Mid
squares 250.00, an instance new crop 250.00; Dairy, Supreme 250.00. Fair-Good
grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field 135.00-200.00 on old contracts. Ground and
delivered to feedlots and dairies 175.00-240.00, on old contracts. Corn stalks 55.00-
North Central-Northeast Kansas
Dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome steady. Movement slow. Alfalfa:
Horse, 300.00, some 8.00-9.00/small square bale; Dairy, Supreme 235.00-240.00, an
instance 260.00; Premium, 200.00-230.00, Good, 170.00-200.00; Utility-Fair grinding
alfalfa at the edge of the field, 110.00-140.00, most 130.00; Ground and delivered
170.00-210.00. Grass hay: Bluestem Good, small squares, 5.00-6.00/bale, 130.00-
150.00, Mid squares 110.00-135.00, fair quality 100.00-110.00, large rounds 55.00-
75.00/T. Brome: Good, small squares, 6.00-7.00/bale, 130.00-160.00/T, Mid squares,
110.00-130.00, Good, large round, 30.00-40.00/bale, 60.00-80.00/T, Fair 50.00-
60.00/T; CWF Grass mulch, large round 60.00-70.00, a little 70.00/bale. Straw, Good,
small squares 3.50-4.00/bale or 4.25 delivered /bale; large bales 55.00-60.00/T or
70.00-85.00 delivered. Good Sudan or Cane, large rounds 65.00-75.00.
***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.
*CWF Certified Weed Free
Alfalfa Quality Guidelines
Quality ADF NDF *RFV/RFQ **TDN-100% **TDN-90% CP
Supreme 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
*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 Agriculture
with technical oversight from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.