Dodge City, KS Tue May 20, 2014 USDA-KS Department of Ag Market News
Kansas Hay Market Report
Ground alfalfa movement: Southwest/South Central
Tonnage: 7,846/4,511 Last week: 7,661/4,964 Last year: 7,476/2,844
Hay trade active, movement slow to moderate. Demand good for dairy, grinding and
stock cow alfalfa, light to moderate for grass hay and alfalfa pellets. The drought
continues across most of Kansas. Swathers are cutting new crop alfalfa, so far
quality is excellent, and yields are light to average. A lot of the dryland acres may
not get tall enough to swath. Shortages of all forages and roughages are developing.
If you have hay for sale or pasture to rent or need hay or grazing, use the services
of the Hay and Pasture Exchange: ww.kfb.org/commodities/haypasture/index.html
Dairy alfalfa steady to firm, grinding alfalfa steady to a little 25 higher.
Movement moderate. Alfalfa, Horse, 250.00-270.00, small squares 10.00/bale. Dairy,
Supreme 230.00-250.00; Premium 220.00-230.00. Fair-Good grinding alfalfa, at the edge
of the field or delivered in 180.00-210.00, a little 225.00. Ground and delivered
locally to feedlots and dairies, 175.00-200.00 on old contracts, new crop contracts
225.00-255.00, mostly 230.00-240.00. The week of 5/12-17, 7,846T of grinding alfalfa
and 900T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Straw, Good, large bales 60.00-70.00, or
85.00-100.00 delivered. Corn stalks 60.00-70.00, ground and delivered 85.00-110.00.
Good, Sudan or Cane, BMR 75.00-90.00.
South Central Kansas
Dairy alfalfa steady to firm, grinding alfalfa 30-50 higher, and alfalfa pellets
steady to 5.00 higher. Movement moderate. Alfalfa, Dairy, Supreme 230.00-250.00;
Premium 220.00-230.00; Fair-Good grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field 165.00-
200.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots, 160.00-195.00, on old contracts.
The week of 5/12-17, 4,511T of grinding alfalfa and 1,250T of dairy alfalfa were
delivered. Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 225.00-230.00, 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
Alfalfa, brome and prairie hay steady. Movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: Dairy,
Premium-Supreme, mid squares 250.00-280.00. 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, to 30 higher. 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 165.00-200.00 some on old
contracts. Ground and delivered to feedlots and dairies 190.00-240.00, on old
contracts. Corn stalks 55.00-65.00.
North Central-Northeast Kansas
Dairy alfalfa steady to firm, grinding alfalfa, 30-50 higher, prairie hay and
brome steady. Movement slow. Alfalfa: Horse, 300.00, some 8.00-9.00/small square
bale; Dairy, Supreme 235.00-260.00; Premium, 210.00-230.00; Utility-Fair grinding
alfalfa at the edge of the field, 150.00-180.00; Ground and delivered 170.00-210.00,
on old contracts, Ground-on-the truck 190.00. 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.
***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.