Dodge City, KS Tue May 27, 2014 USDA-KS Department of Ag Market News
Kansas Hay Market Report
Ground alfalfa movement: Southwest/South Central
Tonnage: 7,719/4,303 Last week: 7,846/4,511 Last year: 7,463/3,044
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, the Eastern half of the State received rain.
Producers are reporting new crop alfalfa so far, quality is excellent, and yields are
light. A lot of the dryland acres will not be swathed. 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:
Dairy and grinding alfalfa steady to firm. Movement moderate. Alfalfa, Horse,
250.00-270.00, small squares 10.00/bale. Dairy, Supreme 230.00-250.00, a little
275.00 delivered; Premium 215.00-230.00, a little 215.00 delivered. Fair-Good
grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field or delivered in 200.00-210.00, a little
225.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, new crop contracts
225.00-255.00, mostly 235.00-250.00. The week of 5/19-24, 7,719T of grinding alfalfa
and 1,145T 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 90.00.
South Central Kansas
Dairy alfalfa steady to firm grinding alfalfa steady to 20.00 higher and alfalfa
pellets steady to 5.00 higher. Movement moderate. Alfalfa: Horse, small squares
280.00 or 9.00/bale Dairy, Supreme 230.00-250.00; Premium 220.00-230.00; Fair-Good
grinding alfalfa at the edge of the field 190.00-210.00. Ground and delivered locally
to feedlots, 180.00-195.00, on old contracts, new crop 225.00-235.00. The week of
5/19-24, 4,303T of grinding alfalfa and 1,655T of dairy alfalfa were delivered.
Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 225.00-230.00, 17 pct protein 235.00-
260.00; Dehydrated 17 pct 300.00. Straw, Good, large bales 60.00-70.00. Grass hay,
Alfalfa, brome and prairie hay steady. Movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: Dairy,
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
Grinding alfalfa steady to firm. 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
North Central-Northeast Kansas
Dairy and grinding alfalfa steady to firm, prairie hay and brome steady. Movement
slow. Alfalfa: Horse, 300.00, some 8.50-9.00/small square bale; Dairy, Supreme
235.00-260.00; Premium, 210.00-230.00; Utility-Fair grinding alfalfa at the edge of
the field, 170.00-180.00; Ground and delivered 190.00-210.00, 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.