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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   02/13 13:10
Kearney, NE    Thu Feb 13, 2020    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending February 14, 2020

  Compared to last week, reported hay prices sold unevenly steady, 
alfalfa pellets sold steady and ground and delivered hay steady to weak. 
Demand was sporadic across the state. Best demand is for hay leaving the 
state in large square bales.  Several contacts continue to sell some hay 
but are having a hard time getting it loaded due to soft ground 
conditions.  Many contacts stated more bales of hay have been placed on 
the market in the last week or so in the central part of the state. There 
appears to be a wide range of quality of alfalfa, grass hay and other 
baled forage available. Note: All sales are dollars per ton FOB the 
field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large square bales 176.00-200.00, Good large rounds 100.00-
115.00; Fair large rounds 85.00-95.00. Prairie Hay: Good large rounds 
90.00-115.00; Fair large rounds 85.00. Premium small squares 170.00-
180.00. Cornstalks large rounds or large squares 50.00-55.00. Dehy 
alfalfa pellets 17 percent 320.00-330.00. Sun-cured pellets 15 percent 
Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large rounds 100.00-110.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
140.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa/cornstalk mix 125.00-135.00. 
Cane/stubble mix ground and delivered 115.00. Ground and delivered 
cornstalks 95.00-110.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 270.00-
285.00; Sun-cured alfalfa 15 percent protein 250.00-270.00.

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large squares 200.00; Good large squares 160.00-175.00. 
Good large rounds 120.00-130.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 153.00-
158.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00. 

Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
         than 10% grass)

 Quality     ADF     NDF      *RFV     **TDN-100%   **TDN-90%     CP
Supreme      <27     <34       >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       <130        <56         <50.5     <16

*RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
   Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 
90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
Sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines

         Quality            Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5

  Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence 
hay price or value more than testing results.
Hay Quality Designations physical descriptions:

Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra 
   leafy.  Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. 
         Hay is excellent color and free of damage.

Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
         grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative 
         of a high nutritive content.  Hay is green and free of   

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and free of damage other than slight discoloration.
Fair:    Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in 
         grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally 
         coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.

Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in 
         Legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This 
         Category could include hay discounted due to excessive 
         damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will be 
         identified in market reports when using this category.

Source:  USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, NE 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC (308) 390-5399

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