Sioux Falls, SD Fri May 16, 2014 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News
Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market
All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.
Compared to last week: All classes of alfalfa and grass hay steady, straw
and alfalfa pellets steady. Demand light to moderate currently as we are
getting closer to new crop alfalfa and many end users were busy this week with
spring field work and planting. Alfalfa fields are greening and beginning to
grow now after rain was received across much of the trade area. Warmer temperatures
are needed to get the alfalfa and grass to grow. Buyers of hay are only continuing
to buy on an as needed basis as cattle will soon be turned out to pastures and hay
use will decrease dramatically. Very little reported trade this week as sellers are
having a hard time moving hay at their asking prices. Best demand is seen in wheat
straw headed east. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise stated.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Rounds, 240.00. Good: Large Squares, 210.00,
200.00 Delivered. Fair: Large Rounds, 150.00 Delivered. Fair to Good: Large Rounds,
140.00, 135.00 Delivered. Utility to Fair: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 245.00; 17 pct 250.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Good: Large Squares, 165.00 Delivered; Large Rounds, 130.00. Fair:
Large Rounds, 100.00.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Good: Large Squares, 175.00 Delivered Short Haul.
Wheat Straw: Large Squares, 112.50.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 47.50 Delivered NW Iowa.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100 pct TDN-90 pct 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 WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the western formula.
Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay price or value more
than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News, Sioux Falls, SD
Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350