Sioux Falls, SD Fri Aug 8, 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 to weak, grass hay and straw
steady. Alfalfa pellets and meal 5.00 lower. Reported sales of hay light
this week. Very good demand for high testing dairy quality hay which has been
in tight supply recently, good demand for high quality grass hay, light demand
for low quality alfalfa and grass of which supplies are more abundant. Rain
along and south of I-90 this week generally ranging from .50 to 3 inches in
spots. This was much needed moisture for these areas, however north of I-90
rains were lighter with more moisture needed as conditions have become very
dry. Some hay producers were able to complete the cutting and baling of their
third cutting, quality is reported to be good but tonnage lighter due to the
lack of moisture in July. Other producers are hoping to make their third cut
soon so a good regrowth can occur before a fall freeze comes. All hay and straw
sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 250.00. Premium: Large Squares, 165.00,
200.00 Del. Good: Large Rounds, 150.00 NE SD.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 235.00; 17 pct 240.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 120.00. Good: Large Rounds, 100.00. Fair
to Good in NE SD 85.00. Utility to Fair in NE SD 70.00-75.00.
Millet Hay: Large Rounds, old crop 85.00.
Wheat Straw: Large Squares, 110.00 in SE SD, Small Squares, 4.00 per bale.
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
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
Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay price or value
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