Sioux Falls, SD Fri Sep 12, 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 and grass hay steady. Very good
demand remains for high testing hay suitable for dairies, light to
moderate demand for lesser qualities. Many growers got their third cutting
of alfalfa rained on which will keep supplies of high quality hay tight.
Rainy, cool, and overcast days this week have stopped hay making progress.
Some growers who were able to get their third cutting put up early are going
to try and make a fourth cutting next week. Much of the third cutting
in many areas is still lying wet in the swath as the rains, very heavy
dews, and unseasonably cool weather are keeping it from curing. Producers
would like some heat to return after all the moisture received in the last
few weeks but forecasted temps look to be in the mid to upper 60s and low
70s for next week. No reported frost across the region yet, frost advisory
for tonight with general overnight lows forecast at 34 degrees. All hay and
straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 210.00-250.00; Large Rounds, 180.00.
Premium: Large Squares, 212.00. Good: Large Squares, 200.00. Fair:
Large Squares, 175.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 225.00; 17 pct 235.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 120.00. Good: Large Rounds, 100.00;
95.00 in NE SD. Fair: Large Squares, 100.00; Large Rounds, in NE SD 85.00.
Wheat Straw: Large Squares, 110.00 Del to the Dairy.
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
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