Sioux Falls, SD Fri Aug 29, 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 hay steady this week on a
very light reported volume. Good demand remains for high testing
dairy quality alfalfa and high quality grass hay. Moderate for lower
quality hays. Large rains across much of the region have played havoc
for those hay growers trying to put up a third cutting of alfalfa this
week. Several inches fell in many areas early in this week and last
weekend coupled with overcast, humid weather the rest of the week has
stopped all haying activities. Warmer weather forecast for the weekend
and parts of next week. Hay growers are anxious to get a window opened
in the weather to make a third cutting before Sep 10, which is a general
rule of thumb to allow enough re-growth before a killing freeze hits.
All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 225.00. Good: Large Rounds, 180.00
in SE 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, 85.00.
Cattails: Large Rounds, 50.00.
Wheat Straw: No reported sales.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 40.00.
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