Sioux Falls, SD Fri Aug 1, 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: Alfalfa hay steady in a narrow comparison, grass
hay rather steady. Demand good for dairy quality hay, less demand for lower
quality. Good demand for high quality grass hay to start calves on feed,
much less demand for lower quality grass. Straw being baled in central SD
moving east this week. Dry conditions this week again, outside of a few areas
that received a shot of rain last week, is really affecting alfalfa regrowth
after the second cutting was made. Some growers are reporting that third
cutting looks to be drastically reduced due to drought conditions. Condition
of the corn crop looks very good across the trade area, moisture has been short
but temps have been mild, even cool some days, during this critical time of
pollination. As the corn price declines this is also causing buyers of hay to
want to cheapen their forage cost as well. All hay and straw sold by the ton
FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 225.00. Good: Large Rounds, 150.00
NE SD. Fair: Large Squares, 140.00 Delivered Short Haul. Utility: Large
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 240.00; 17 pct 245.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Premium: Large Squares, 140.00, Large Rounds, 120.00. Fair: Large
Rounds, 100.00. Utility to Fair in NE SD 70.00-75.00.
Wheat Straw: Large Squares, 70.00 Central SD, 110.00 del to Sioux Falls.
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
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350