Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Jun 14, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand moderate.  Growers are 
readily moving first cutting hay with little resistance to price from buyers.  
Severe drought conditions in the majority of the state are negatively affecting 
grass hay yields.  According to the U.S Drought Monitor for June 12, 2018, 
significant rainfall fell in parts of the High Plains region, while most of the 
mountainous areas remained dry. Thunderstorms in northeast Colorado, Nebraska, 
and northwest and eastern Kansas delivered between 0.5 and 3 inches of rain, 
helping to prevent additional drying caused by the high temperatures.  79.67 
percent of the state falls in a D0-D4 Drought Category compared to 6.16 percent 
a year ago.  Of those percentages, 51.18 percent falls into the D2-D4 
categories.  The NASS Colorado Crop progress report for week ending June 10, 
2018, stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 23 percent short, 67 
percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  1st cutting Alfalfa hay progress is at 
42 percent.  Pasture and range conditions percentages are 17 percent Very Poor, 
25 percent Poor, 31 percent Fair, 26 percent Good, and 1 percent Excellent.  The 
next available report will be Thursday, June 21, 2018.  All prices reported are 
FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of 
hay.  If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado 
Department of Agriculture website:

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Premium/Supreme 200.00; Premium 200.00, Delivered; Good 
135.00-150.00; Good 150.00, Delivered.
   Mid Squares: Good/Premium 225.00-275.00, Retail/Stable.
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Rounds: Premium 175.00.
  Orchard Grass
   Mid Squares: Premium 265.00-295.00, Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Premium 200.00-225.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 370.00 (12.00 per bale), Retail/Stable; Good/Premium 
250.00 (7.50).
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Mid Squares: Premium 220.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 250.00 (8.00 per bale).
   Mid Squares: Good 180.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 280.00 (8.00 per bale), Old Crop; Good/Premium 350.00 
(10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
  Sorghum Sudan Grass
   Rounds: Good 75.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 300.00 (9.00 per bale).
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Timothy Grass
   Rounds: Premium 150.00, Old Crop.
   Small Squares: Premium 365.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Northeast: Weld, Washington, Morgan, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln, Elbert, 
Adams, Sedgwick, Yuma, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas, Kit Carson, Phillips, 
Logan, Boulder, Arapahoe, and El Paso.
Southeast: Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Otero, Prowers, 
Crowley, and Pueblo.
San Luis Valley: Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and 
Southwest: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, 
San Juan, Hinsdale, Archuleta, and La Plata.
Mountains and Northwest: Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, 
Gunnison, Teller, Grand, Chaffee, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit, 
Lake, and Eagle.

   Contracts are not indicative to other regions of the state and do not pertain 
to the cash market.  The term "Season" Means that as long as the hay meets the 
contract requirements the buyer takes delivery on every cutting in that 
particular year.  All contracts are marketed on a per ton basis. Prices figured 
on a per ton basis or a per point basis (.xx times the RFV).  
   * - When priced on a per point basis.
   * - NEL basis for corn silage

   Haylage is based on 88 percent dry matter.  Haylage formula most often used 
(Haylage wet ton x percent dry matter/88 percent = 12 percent baled hay).  
Haylage to be cut on an approximate 28 to 32 day cutting rotation.  
Quoted standing in the field.  

   Corn Silage 30-32 percent dry matter.  Based at .70 to .72 net energy for 
lactation (NEL).  Silage can be quoted standing in the field or delivered to the 
pit. ** All information is a basis for every contract and applies unless 
otherwise stated**

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality       ADF      NDF       RFV       TDN-100 pct   TDN-90 pct 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 WI/MN formula.  TDN calculated using the western 
formula.  Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect 
feeding value.  Values based on 100 percent dry matter.  Quantitative factors 
are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.  Values based on 100 
percent dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price or value more than 
testing results. 

   Grass Hay guidelines
Quality       Crude Protein Percent 
Premium            Over 13
Good                  9-13
Fair                   5-9
Utility            Under 5

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Heath Dewey, Market Reporter

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