USDA Idaho Hay 03/27 11:20
Moses Lake, WA Fri Mar 27, 2020 USDA Market News
Idaho Weekly Hay Report
Tons: 3100 Last Week: 3030 Last Year: 15,000
Compared to last Friday, Fair/Good Alfalfa weak in a light test. Trade
remains slow. Demand remains slow and probably will remain slow till new crop.
Exporters continue to ship product every day. Lower end feeder hay is rejected
press hay. Retail/Feed store steady this week. Prices are dollars per ton
and FOB the farm or ranch unless otherwise stated.
Tons Price Wt. Avg Comments
Good/Premium 100 170.00-170.00 170.00 Retail/Stable
Fair 2000 120.00-125.00 122.50 Bottom Bales
Utility/Fair 1000 115.00-115.00 115.00 Rain Damage
Alfalfa hay test guidelines, (for domestic livestock use and not
More than 10% grass), used with visual appearance and intent of sale
Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect
ADF NDF RFV TDN-100% TDN-90% CP-100%
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. Values based on 100% dry matter, TDN both 90% and 100%.
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
Contracted price - Price and conditions of sale agreed upon when buyer and
Seller negotiates a transaction.
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 damage.
Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes
And early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed,
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.
Source: USDA Market News, Moses Lake, WA.
Greg Sanders 509-393-1343 MosesLake.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov
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