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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kansas Hay Market Report

Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage: 10,184/4,155      Last week: 9,973/4,714 Last year: 9,574/3,897
             
Hay market activity slow; demand moderate to good; offerings of grinder hay 
light; prices steady for most with grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered 
strengthening. According to NASS, cool and dry conditions allowed for row crop 
harvest, wheat seeding, and fall calving to continue without interruption.  Corn 
and bean harvest are at or just slightly below average.  Topsoil and subsoil 
moisture remain adequate and the abnormally dry (D0) category decreased to 14.04 
pct, while moderate drought (D1) stayed steady at .64 pct. Alfalfa fourth 
cutting was 95 pct complete.  If you have hay for sale, and/or need hay here in 
Kansas, use the services of the Internet Hay Exchange: 
www.hayexchange.com/ks.php.
  
Southwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, ground/delivered steady; grinding alfalfa 5.00-10.00 
higher; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 240.00-250.00. Dairy, .80-
.90/point RFV, Supreme 150.00-165.00, Premium 145.00-155.00, Good 125.00-145.00.  
Stock or Dry Cow alfalfa, 100.00-110.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 110.00-
120.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 130.00-140.00, 
with a couple instances at 145.00.  The week of 10/22-10/28, 10,184T of grinding 
alfalfa and 1,215T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. 

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay steady, alfalfa pellets 5.00 higher, grinding alfalfa 
and ground/delivered steady with firm undertones; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, 
small squares 240.00, Dairy, .75-.85/point RFV. Supreme 140.00-150.00, Premium 
130.00-145.00, Good 110.00-130.00. Stock cow alfalfa, 130.00 delivered. 
Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 95.00-105.00 with an instance at 120.00.  Ground and 
delivered locally to feedlots 120.00-130.00 with an instance at 135.00-140.00. 
The week of 10/22-10/28, 4,155T of grinding alfalfa and 1,250T of dairy alfalfa 
were delivered. Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 155.00-160.00, 17 pct 
protein 160.00-165.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 205.00-215.00. Grass hay: bluestem, 
large rounds 65.00-70.00; Brome: large rounds 70.00-75.00. Sudan large rounds 
70.00-80.00. Cornstalks: large rounds 50.00-60.00, cornstalks ground and 
delivered 60.00-70.00, Straw large squares 50.00-60.00, large rounds 50.00-
55.00. 

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement 
slow.  Alfalfa: horse or goat, 210.00-220.00.  Dairy .75-.85/point RFV. Stock 
cow alfalfa 100.00-110.00 with an instance at 125.00-135.00.  Fair/Good grinding 
alfalfa 75.00-85.00 with an instance at 90.00. Ground and delivered, 90.00-
100.00 with an instance at 110.00. Grass hay: bluestem, premium small squares 
105.00-120.00. Good, mid and large squares 80.00-100.00.00, large rounds 60.00-
70.00. Brome: small squares 6.00-8.00/bale. Good, mid and large squares 100.00-
120.00, large rounds 75.00-85.00. Oat hay, large squares 120.00-130.00. Straw, 
mid squares 50.00-60.00.

Northwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, ground/delivered, grinding alfalfa steady; movement slow. 
Alfalfa: small squares, horse quality none reported. Goat, 170.00-180.00. Dairy, 
Premium/Supreme .80-.95/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 85.00-95.00. Fair/good 
grinding alfalfa, 75.00-85.00 with an instance at 90.00. Ground and delivered 
locally to feedlots and dairies, 90.00-100.00. 

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa .10-.15/point higher, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered 5.00-
10.00 higher, grass hay steady; movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse, small squares 
9.00/bale.  Dairy 1.00-1.15/point RFV, Supreme 185.00-210.00.  Premium 180.00-
195.00, Good 160.00-180.00.  Stock Cow, good 110.00-120.00. Fair/Good, grinding 
alfalfa, 90.00-100.00. Ground and delivered, 115.00-125.00.  Grass hay: 
bluestem, small squares 5.00-6.00/bale, large squares 90.00-100.00, large rounds 
60.00-70.00.  Brome: Good, small squares 6.00-7.00/bale delivered, mid and large 
squares, 100.00-110.00, good large rounds 75.00-80.00. Sudan large rounds 65.00-
75.00; Straw, small squares, 4.00-5.00/bale, large squares 75.00-85.00, large 
rounds 65.00-75.00. 

Corsica, SD Hay and Straw Auction

For Monday Oct 30, 2017

Receipts:  19 Loads    Last Week:  12 Loads    Last Year:  13 Loads

All prices dollars per ton FOB Corsica, SD.

One load Small Squares equals approximately 5 tons; Large Squares and
Large Rounds range from 10-25 tons per load.

   Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 100.00-115.00.  Fair:  Large
Rounds, 3 loads 97.50.  

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 5 loads 102.50-125.00.  Fair:  Large
Rounds, 2 loads 80.00-95.00.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hay prices mostly steady

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, alfalfa and grass hay sold unevenly steady. Ground and delivered hay and dehydrated pellets sold steady, according to the USDA Market News Service, Oct. 20. Prices given on per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.
Eastern/central—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $160; premium, large squares, $140-$150, large rounds, $110, small squares, $190; good, large squares, $150. Premium alfalfa orchard grass, large squares, $150; Good grass hay, large rounds, $80-$90; fair, large rounds, $65-$70. Premium, small squares prairie hay $150. Rye straw, large rounds, $75. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $110. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $195-$210.
Platte Valley—Supreme alfalfa, large rounds, $140; good, rounds $80-$87.50; fair/good, large rounds, $75. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $120-$125. Alfalfa stover mix, $110. Ground and delivered cornstalks, $90-$95. Dehydrated pellets, 17% protein, $185.
Panhandle—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $160; good, large squares, $135-$142.50; fair, large squares, $120, large rounds, $80-$90 delivered. Good alfalfa orchard grass, large squares, $130. Premium orchard grass, large squares, $140-$150. Grass hay, large rounds, $125 delivered. Oat hay, large squares, $100. Straw, large rounds and large squares, $60-$70.
East River area of South Dakota—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $170; good, large squares, $150-$160; fair, large squares, $60/bale, large rounds, $120-$125; utility/fair, large rounds, $100. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% $165, 17%, $170. Alfalfa meal, 17% $175. Premium, alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $150; good, large squares, $60/bale. Premium grass, small squares, $5/bale; good, large squares, $60/bale; fair, large rounds, $100. Wheat straw, large squares, $110. Bean straw, large squares, $52.50. Cornstalks, no reported sales.
In Iowa, light offerings today, as corn and soybean harvest is in full swing. Best demand was seen for grass hay.
Rock Valley—Premium alfalfa, large rounds, $110-$122.50; good, large rounds, $100-$107.50. Premium grass, large rounds, $120-$155, large rounds, $117.50-$130; good, large rounds, $87.50-$107.50. Good alfalfa grass mix, large rounds, $110. Oat hay, large rounds, $67.50-$77.50. Straw, large squares, $117.50, large rounds, $102.50. Cornstalks, large rounds, $40. Bean stubble, large squares, $50.
In Minnesota, prices were generally steady.
Fair alfalfa, large rounds, $65. Good grass, large rounds, $90-$105; fair, large rounds, $65-$70; utility, small squares, $1.50/bale. Good alfalfa grass mix, large rounds, $90-$95; fair, large rounds, $60-$75.
In Montana, hay prices sold fully steady. Hay market activity this week was mostly slow.
Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $200-$250, large squares, $150-$155; premium, large squares, $140-$155, large rounds, $150; good, large squares, $140-$155, large rounds, $140-$175, small squares, $140-$150; fair, large squares, $120-$150, old crop, $120, large rounds, $120-$150, small squares, $130; utility, large rounds, NA, large squares, $120. Premium grass alfalfa, small squares, NA; good, large rounds, $150, small squares, NA; fair, large squares, $125-$130, large rounds, $125; utility, large rounds, $90. Premium grass, large rounds, NA; good, large squares, $140, large rounds, $130; fair, large squares, NA, large rounds, $115, long haul, $100; utility, large rounds, $105. Premium timothy grass, small squares, $210-$240, large rounds, NA; good, large rounds, NA. Barley straw, large squares, $43-$50, long haul, $40, large rounds, NA, small squares, NA. Wheat straw, SCMT, large squares, $38-$40, long haul, $35. NMT, large squares, NA, large rounds, NA. Wheat hay, large rounds, $120.
In Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, hay prices were mostly steady with demand moderate in all regions.
Eastern Wyoming—Good/fair alfalfa, large squares, $120-$125, rounds, $120-$125. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Central/western Wyoming—Good alfalfa, small squares, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western Nebraska—Alfalfa, ground and delivered, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western South Dakota—No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
In Colorado, hay prices were mostly steady. Activity and demand moderate to good in all classes.
Northeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $170; premium, large squares, $160, small squares, $250, small lot. Fair grass, small squares, $170 small lot; premium, small squares, $280, small lot. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
Southeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, small squares, $220; premium, small squares, $200; good, large squares, $130-$140; fair, large squares, $115. Premium grass, rounds bales, $170, small squares, $245, retail. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
San Luis Valley—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $190; premium, large squares, $180; fair, large squares, $115; utility, large squares, $105. No reported quotes for other classes.
Southwest—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $250. Premium grass, small squares, $210. Premium orchard grass, small grass, $285. No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.
Mountains/northwest—Good grass, large squares, $150; Premium, small squares, $210. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
In Missouri, hay supplies are moderate, demand is light and prices are steady.
Supreme alfalfa, RFV 185 $170-$220; premium, RFV 170-180, $150-$180; good, RFV 150-170 $120-$160, small squares $4.50-$5/bale; fair, RFV 130-150, $100-$120. Good mixed grass hay, $75-$100, small squares, $3-$4.50/bale, some alfalfa/grass mix. Fair/good mixed grass hay, $50-$80, small squares, $2.50-$3.50, large rounds, $20-$35. Fair/good bromegrass, $50-$80. Wheat straw, small squares, $3-$5/bale.
In Oklahoma, alfalfa trade light to moderate in western counties, mostly light in central and eastern Oklahoma. Prices were steady in the limited test. Demand was light to moderate for all grades of alfalfa.
Central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $120-$130; good, large squares, mostly $100-$110; fair/good, round bales, few large squares, $90-$100. Good bermuda grass hay, 4 x 5 bales, $25-$45/bale, 5 x 6 bales, $40-$60. Mixed grass, 4 x 5, rounds, $20-$40/bale.
Eastern—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $120; good, large squares, $100-$115. Mixed grass hay, 5 x 6 bales, $30-$50. Good bermuda 5 x 6 bales, $50-$65/bale. Mixed grass, 4 x 5 bales, $30-$40/bale. Soybean crabgrass, 4 x 5 1/2 bales, $35/bale, small squares, good mixed grass or bermuda, $4-$6/bale.
Western—Supreme alfalfa, $135; Premium alfalfa, large squares, few sales $120-$130; good, $90-$110. Grinding alfalfa, $60. Good wheat hay, 5 x 5 1/2 to 5 x 6 bales, mostly $50/bale, $80/ton. Good bermuda horse quality, $65-$70/bale in 5 x 6 bales, good bermuda cow hay, 5 x 6 bales, $45-$60/bale; 4 x 5 bales, $35-$45/bale, 5 x 6 bales wheat straw, $40-$45/bale.
In Texas, most hay classes remained. Alfalfa sold steady to $5 higher.
Panhandle/High Plains—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $185-$230, large rounds, 1200 lbs., delivered, $90-$100/bale; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $150-$180, small bales delivered, $231-$288.75. Ground alfalfa, delivered to feedlots, $155-$160, calf, $165-$175, brown, $120-$125. Good/premium coastal bermuda, large rounds, delivered $130-$180. Wheat hay, large bales, delivered, $130. Wheat straw, large bales, delivered, $80. Cornstalks, large bales, delivered, $63. Brome grass, large bales, delivered, $160. Oat hay, large bales, delivered, $80. Bluestem, large bales, delivered, $95.
Far west Texas/Trans Pecos—Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, delivered local or FOB, $250-$297, large squares, delivered, $205-$220, large squares, FOB, $160-$170; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $190-$205, large squares, FOB, $140-$160; fair/good, large squares, FOB, $135-$140.
North/central/east—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $220-$235; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $205-$220. Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $231-$265, large rounds, FOB $80-$100; fair/good, small squares, FOB, $165-$198.
South—Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $231-$265, large rounds, FOB and delivered locally, $100-$140; fair/good, small squares, FOB, $165-$198, large rounds, FOB and delivered locally, $70-$100. Grass mix, large rounds, FOB, $80.
In New Mexico, alfalfa hay prices steady. Trade slow, demand light.
Eastern—Premium/supreme, baled alfalfa, large squares, $175-$200; good, large squares, $145-$165; fair, large squares, $125-$145. Ground hay, $145-$165 (feedlot hay). Oat hay, $130/ton delivered from Colorado. Sudan hay, large bales, $85/ton.
Southeast—Premium/supreme baled alfalfa, large squares, $180-$200, small bales, $240/ton loaded on truck; good, large squares, $150-$165; fair, $120-$145 to dairies.
South/southwest—Premium/supreme bales alfalfa, large squares, $165-$180, small bales alfalfa, $240/ton, $7-$8/bale FOB; good, large squares, $135-$155, small bales, $6-$7/bale; fair, large squares, $110-$125, small bales, $5/bale; utility, large squares, $90. Corn silage, $46/ton net back to farmer 68% moisture.
North central—Premium/ supreme baled alfalfa, small squares, $7-$8/bale; good, small squares, $5-$6/bale.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Weekly Utah Hay Market Report

Utah  Hay  prices  prices  mostly firm,  with trading  slow  on all  Quality's.  Majority
of  movement on previous contracts. Lower quality hay demand is light with good supplies.
Confirmed sales 4,000 tons.

Guidelines for Alfalfa Hay:  Visual exam and intent of sale; Relative Feed Value (RFI.J); 
Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF); Crude Protein (C?). USDA Grades are based on 100 % Dry Matter
Content.  All prices are in dollars per ton, FOB at stack,  Unless Otherwise noted. Bales
large and small.

Northern Area: Alfalfa: Supreme No I dairy: 120—140.00; Premium: 100.00—120.00; 
Good Feeder: 80.00-95.00.  Fair: 60.00-80. 00; Low: No Quote.
Premium retail horse sales 100.00—150.00.

Central Area: Alfalfa: Supreme # 1 dairy 120.00—140.00; Premium Dairy: 100.00—110.00; 
Good Feeder: 80.00-90.00; Fair: 60.00-80.00; Low: scarce.
Oat Hay: No Quotes.  Premium retail horse sales: 110.00—150.00.

Southern Area: Alfalfa: Supreme #1 dairy: 120.00—150.00; Premium 100.00—130.00; Good 
Feeder: 80.00—93.00; Fair: 60.00—80 .00; Low: no quotes

Uintah Basin: Alfalfa: Supreme dairy: 100.00—130.00; premium dairy: 90.00—100.00; 
Good Feeder: 75.00-90.00; Fair: 50.00-70.00; Low: scarce. 
Premium retail horse sales: 150.00-180.00.

Note: Low quality hay can be weedy, or weather damaged or all of the above.

Detailed Quotations Utah (Bales — large anci small in stack), last quoted sales are
sales more than two weeks old.

Alfalfa Small and Large Square Bales last quoted sales
 Retail Horse (small lots) 150.00-180.00
 Supreme Dairy            130.00-150.00 last quote
 Premium Dairy                 90.00-125.00  last quote
        Good                         70.00-85.00 
        Fair                       50.00-70.00
        Low                             n/q       

Alfalfa Standing:                       70.00-85.00/ton

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market

All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.

   Compared to last week:  Prices continue to hold mostly steady for all classes of hay.
Demand moderate for alfalfa, moderate to good for grass hay and bedding materials.  Interest
continues to pick up, as many feedlots are starting to get calves into their yards and are in 
need of grass and grinding alfalfa for their rations.  Trades continue to be lightly reported,
as corn and soybean harvest is still the main focus of many end-users.  There was a dusting of
snow overnight along the I-29 corridor.  Much of the state has been experiencing high winds and
seasonally colder weather this week.  The US Drought Monitor Map released on Oct 26th showed 
some minor changes with near 6 percent of the state experiencing D3 (Extreme Drought) compared to 
less than 4 percent last week.   All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:  Supreme:  Large Squares, 170.00.  Premium:  Large Squares, Delivered to the Dairy 165.00;
Small Squares, 6.00 per bale.  Good:  Large Squares, 150.00-160.00; Large Rounds, 100.00.  
Fair:  Large Squares, 60.00 per bale; Large Rounds, 125.00.  Utility to Fair:  Large Rounds, 100.00.
Utility:  Large Squares, 100.00; Large Rounds, Delivered to the Dairy 110.00.

   Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets:  15 pct 165.00; 17 pct 170.00.  Alfalfa Meal: 17 
pct 175.00.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 125.00, Small Lots 60.00 per bale.

   Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 5.00 per bale.  Good:  Large Squares, 60.00
per bale. 

   Millet Hay:  Large Rounds, 125.00.

   Wheat Straw:  Large Squares, 110.00.  

   Bean Straw:  Large Squares, 52.50.  Large Rounds, 60.00.

   Cornstalks:  No Reported Sales.

California Hay Report

  Compared to last week: All classes traded steady with moderate demand.  
According to the October 23, 2017 NASS Crop Progress Report, Parts of the State 
saw rainfall for the first time in a couple of weeks, with reports of almost two 
inches of rain near the California/Oregon border. The south coast had reports of 
little to no rain.  Temperature highs were in the 60s to 70s in the mountains, 
70s to 100s along the coast, 80s to 90s in the valley, and 80s to 100s in the 
desert. Temperature lows were in the 20s to 30s in the mountains, 30s to the 50s 
in the desert, 30s to 60s along the coast, and 40s to 50s in the valley.  
Alfalfa fields continued to be cut and baled. Sorghum fields were being 
harvested. Cotton was being harvested for lint and seed, and farmers were 
expecting a decent yield. Most summer crops have been harvested, and fields were 
being worked and fertilized for winter planting.  All hay is reported FOB the 
stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Regions are defined at bottom of report. 

Tons:  5935    Last Week:  10,306    Last Year:  5145                          

Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Supreme                 300  240.00-240.00  240.00                       
      Premium                 175  160.00-160.00  160.00     Contracted        
                              350  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     
      Good/Premium            400  180.00-180.00  180.00                       
      Good                    150  190.00-190.00  190.00     Export            
                              110  120.00-120.00  120.00     Rain Damage       
  Orchard Grass                                                                
      Good                    180  120.00-120.00  120.00 Del                   
  Wheat Straw                                                                  
      Good                    225   60.00-60.00    60.00                       

Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Supreme                  25  240.00-240.00  240.00                       
      Premium                  75  250.00-250.00  250.00                       
      Good                     25  165.00-165.00  165.00                       

Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Supreme                 600  250.00-255.00  252.50                       
                              100  285.00-285.00  285.00 Del                   
                              200  250.00-250.00  250.00 Del 20% Orchard Grass            
      Premium                  25  265.00-265.00  265.00 Del                   
  Wheat                                                                        
      Good                   1500  130.00-135.00  132.50 Del                   

Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Good/Premium            200  250.00-250.00  250.00 Del                   
      Utility                 120  205.00-205.00  205.00                       
  Sudan                                                                        
      Good                    100  115.00-115.00  115.00 Del                   

Region 5: Southern California:                                                 
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Premium                  75  220.00-240.00  226.67     Retail/Stable     
  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         
      Good                     25  180.00-180.00  180.00     Retail/Stable     

Region 6: Southeast California:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Premium                 150  175.00-180.00  176.67                       
      Good                    425  155.00-155.00  155.00                       
      Fair                    350  120.00-125.00  122.14                       
  Bermuda Grass                                                                
      Premium                  50  190.00-190.00  190.00     Retail/Stable     

The following are the counties included in each region:                        
Region 1: Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, and Plumas.                         
Region 2: Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer,  
          Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Amador, and Alpine.             
Region 3: San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Merced, Mariposa.
Region 4: Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Inyo.                             
Region 5: Kern, Northeast Los Angeles, and Western San Bernardino.             
Region 6: Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial. 

Washington-Oregon (Columbia Basin) Weekly Hay Report

Tons:  2070    Last Week:  3100    Last Year:  1900      

   Compared to last week, Fair/Good Alfalfa firm in a light test, other 
grades of Alfalfa and Timothy steady. Trade slow this week. Demand remains 
good for all grades of Alfalfa. Retail/Feedstore not tested this week.  
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB the farm or ranch unless otherwise stated. 

                        Tons      Price     Wtd Avg    Comments
  Alfalfa                                                                 
    Mid Square                                                            
      Good/Premium       920  140.00-145.00  140.65     Export            
      Fair/Good          200  140.00-140.00  140.00     Tarped            

  Timothy Grass                                                           
    Mid Square                                                            
      Utility/Fair       950  180.00-190.00  184.21     Export            

Iowa Hay Summary

Week Ending  Friday,  October 27, 2017

For this week:  Alfalfa/Grass mix hay trended higher this week. Iowa farmers had a good
week for harvesting , but corn and soybeans still remain behind schedule. Producers
spent most of this week harvesting corn and soybeans, tilling, and spreading manure
per (NASS).

 Continuing a month-long wet trend, well-placed rainfall further eased D0-D2 drought
 conditions. D1-D4 drought conditions this week were at 5.96%, down from 8.69% the
previous week, all located in the southeastern portion of Iowa. Looking forward most of
Iowa will see the first frost of the year.  Next week will see cooler temps  with highs in
the 40's and low's in the 30's

According to NASS  23% of corn has been harvested, over two weeks behind average.
 Corn condition increased to 64% being reported in good to excellent condition. 96% of
soybeans were dropping leaves, a day ahead of last year. 61% soybean crop has been
harvested.  Soybean condition increased slightly to 64% of crop reported in the  good to
excellent range.

Alfalfa         Supreme Small Squares          240.00  -     240.00
                        Large Squares          200.00  -     210.00

Alfalfa/Grass   Premium Small Squares          220.00  -     233.00
                        Large Squares          180.00  -     180.00

                Good    Large Square           135.00  -     160.00
                        Large Round            115.00  -     140.00

                Fair    Large Square           115.00  -     125.00
                        Large Round             75.00  -     110.00

Grass           Good    Large Round             85.00  -      85.00

                Fair    Large Round             70.00  -      70.00

Straw           Wheat   Large Squares          120.00  -     125.00

Corn Fodder             Large Square            60.00  -      60.00
                        Large Round             50.00  -      50.00

Certified Organic Hay: No Hay to report for the week of 10/22-28/17

Idaho Weekly Hay Report

Tons:  2000    Last Week:  12,500    Last Year:  2800 

   Compared to last week, Alfalfa firm in a light test. Trade slow with 
good demand. Demand remains good especially from California interests for 
higher testing Alfalfa. Retail/Feedstore steady. Prices are dollars per ton 
and FOB the farm or ranch unless otherwise stated. 
 
                       Tons      Price       Wtd Avg    Comments
  Alfalfa                     
    Mid Square                
      Fair/Good        2000  110.00-110.00   110.00     Tarped    

Oregon Weekly Hay Report

                                                

   Compared to Oct 20:  Prices trended generally steady in a limited test.  
Retail/Stable type hay remains the largest demanded hay.  Demand for 
organic hay increased this week.  Many hay producers have sold out for
the year. 

Tons:  7198    Last Week:  4513    Last Year:  2705                            

Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco Counties:                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Good                    400  140.00-140.00  140.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  60  225.00-250.00  232.08     Retail/Stable     
      Good                      2  190.00-190.00  190.00     Retail/Stable     

  Meadow Grass                                                                
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  75  210.00-210.00  210.00     Retail/Stable     

  Mixed Grass Five-Way                                                                 
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  25  275.00-275.00  275.00     Retail/Stable     

Harney County:                                                                 
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Supreme                1000  170.00-170.00  170.00                       

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          
    Large Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             80  115.00-115.00  115.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                
    Large Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             60  100.00-100.00  100.00                       

  Triticale                                                                    
    Large Square                                                               
      Good                    270   90.00-90.00    90.00                       

Klamath Basin:                                                                 
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Supreme                 175  210.00-235.00  217.14                       
      Premium                 500  295.00-295.00  295.00     Organic           
    Small Square                                                               
      Supreme                 200  188.00-188.00  188.00                       
      Premium                 150  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable, Grassy     
      Good/Premium             31  170.00-170.00  170.00                       
                               75  150.00-150.00  150.00     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          
    Small Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             50  160.00-160.00  160.00                       

Lake County:                                                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Supreme                2000  200.00-200.00  200.00                       
                              270  175.00-175.00  175.00     Excessive Moisture
      Premium                 350  175.00-175.00  175.00                       

  Timothy Grass                                                                
    Large Square                                                               
      Premium                 500  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Triticale                                                                    
    Large Square                                                               
      Good/Premium            400  110.00-110.00  110.00                       
      Good                    525   90.00-100.00   96.67                       

Eastern Oregon: No New Sales Confirmed.                                        

Rock Valley Hay Auction

For Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Receipts:  63 loads    Last Week:  46 loads    Last Year:  85 loads    

   Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay sold steady to stronger, grass steady to 
10.00 higher.  Bedding materials sold firm with good demand.  OVerall quality was better
than seen in previous weeks.  Prices dollars per ton, except where noted.  All sales FOB 
Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.  **Please note that MOnday sales begin November 6th.**

One load Small Squares equals approximately 5 tons; Large Squares and 
Large Rounds range from 10-25 tons per load.

   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 117.50-120.00; Large Rounds, 7 loads 120.00-140.00.
Good:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 105.00-115.00.

   Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads 120.00-130.00; Large Rounds, 16 loads 120.00-150.00.
Good:  Large Rounds, 14 loads 95.00-117.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 75.00-87.50.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.

   Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 77.50.

   Rye Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 90.00.

   Millet Hay:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 87.50.

   Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 112.50; Large Rounds, 3 loads 107.50-110.00.

   Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 70.00-110.00, mostly 105.00-110.00.

Missouri Weekly Hay Summary

Week ending 10/27/2017

   
   The mercury was busy this week rising in to the 80’s and falling into the 
low 30’s and everywhere in between. Spotty frost was seen in many areas early 
week with the first freeze of the year predicted over the weekend, marking an 
end to the growing season. Farmers got back to grain harvest in most all the 
state this week trying to make up ground as progress has fallen behind average. 
Water supplies continue to be concerning in south central and southeast Missouri 
especially. Hay movement remains slow, supplies are moderate, demand is light 
and prices are steady. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay 
directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a 
directory visit http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ for listings of hay 
http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless 
specified and on most recent reported sales price listed as round bales 
based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs).

Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV <185) 170.00-220.00
Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180) 150.00-180.00
Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 120.00-160.00 
small squares 4.50-5.00 per bale
Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 100.00-120.00 
 
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 75.00-100.00
Small squares 3.00-4.50 per bale (some alfalfa/grass mix)
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 50.00-80.00
small squares 2.50-3.50 per bale
Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 20.00-35.00 per large round bale 

Fair to Good quality Bromegrass 50.00-80.00

Wheat straw 3.00-5.00 per small square bale

Weekly New Mexico Hay Summary

Week ending Oct 28, 2017

   Compared to last week, Alfalfa hay prices for Premium and Supreme
grades firm.  All other classes of hay steady.  Trade slow to moderate
at best, demand light to moderate.  Cooler night time temperatures are
slowing hay growth, haying season is about to close.      

Eastern region: 

Baled Alfala:  Large square bales; Premium and Supreme; 175.00-200.00;  
Good quality; 145.00-165.00; fair 125.00-145.00.    

Ground hay:  145.00-165.00 (feedlot hay)

Oat Hay: 130.00 per ton Del from Colorado.

Sudan Hay: 85.00 per ton large bales.

Southeastern regions:

Baled Alfalfa: Large square bales: Premium and Supreme; 180.00-200.00; 
Good; 150.00-165.00; Fair; 120.00-145.00 to Dairies.
 
Small bales; Premium and Supreme 240.00 per ton loaded on truck. 

Southern and Southwestern region:

Baled Alfalfa: Large square bales, Premium and Supreme 165.00-180.00; 
Good; 135.00-155.00   fair; 110.00-125.00; utility; 90.00.

Small bales alfalfa ; Premium and Supreme quality: 240.00 per ton;
7.00-9.00 per bale FOB. Good 6.00-7.00; fair 5.00 per bale.

North central Region:

Baled alfalfa: small square bales; Premium and Supreme; 7.00-8.00 per bale
Good quality; 5.00-6.00 per bale.

Weekly Texas Hay Report

  Compared to last report:  All hay classes sold fully steady as demand 
increased to moderate to good.  The Panhandle is expected winter-like 
weather and prompted buyers to stock up.  Supplemental feeding of 
livestock is expected to begin.  Coastal Bermuda producers in the east 
and south have seen an increase in demand as well as they have 
experienced cooler mornings.  Most producers expect to get one last 
cutting from their fields. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton 
except where noted. 

   The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing Hot Line set 
up for Buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-
877-429-1998. The website for the hotline is: 
www.TexasAgriculture.gov/hayhotline

Panhandle/High Plains:
   Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 180.00-230.00; 
  Good to Premium 150.00-180.00.
  Large Rounds(1200 lbs): Delivered: Premium to Supreme 90.00-
  100.00 per bale. 
  Small Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 231.00-288.75, 7.00-
  8.75 per bale.
     Small Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 247.50, 7.50 per bale.  
   Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: 155.00-165.00, Calf 165.00, 
  Brown 120.00-130.00. 
   Coastal Bermuda: Large Rounds: Delivered: Good to Premium 130.00- 
  180.00, 65.00-90.00 per bale.
  Small Bales: FOB: Good to Premium 247.50, 7.50 per bale.
   Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 130.00.
   Wheat Straw: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00.
   Corn Stalks: Large Bales: Delivered: 63.00.
   Oat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00.
   Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 95.00.
      
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos: 
   Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme
       250.00-330.00, 7.50-10.00 per bale.
   Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 205.00-220.00; 
  Good to Premium 190.00-205.00.
  Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 160.00-170.00; Good to 
  Premium 140.00-160.00; Fair to Good 135.00-140.00.

North, Central, and East Texas:
   Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 225.00-240.00;    
  Good to Premium 210.00-225.00.                           
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00, 
  7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 
  per bale.
     Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 80.00-100.00, 40.00-50.00 
  per roll.
       
South Texas:
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00, 
  7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per 
  bale. 
   Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 
  100.00-140.00, 50.00-70.00 per roll; Fair to Good 70.00-  
  100.00, 35.00-50.00 per roll.
  Grass Mix: Large Rounds: FOB: 80.00; 40.00 per roll.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oklahoma Hay Market Report

Alfalfa trade light to moderate and movement mostly light. Demand light to 
moderate from dairies, very limited from other sources. Prices fully steady 
in the limited test. Last cutting of alfalfa wrapping up this week ahead of 
the expected first freeze of the year for most of central and western 
Oklahoma. Grass hay trading remains at a near standstill in most areas. 
Demand is extremely light and supplies heavy. Wheat planting is still well 
behind average statewide. 

Market News continues to maintain an online hay directory for both in-state
and out-of-state hay producers.  The directories are on the ODAFF homepage
at www.oda.state.ok.us. Producers wishing to list hay are encouraged to call
at 1-800-580-6543 or email jack.carson@ag.ok.gov. 
 
Alfalfa
 
Central Oklahoma: Premium quality clippings from final cutting 130.00-135.00. 
Premium quality large square bales 120.00-130.00. Good quality large square 
bales mostly 100.00-110.00. Fair to Good quality round bales and few large 
square bales 90.00-100.00. 

Eastern Oklahoma: Premium quality large square bales 120.00. Good quality 
large square alfalfa 100.00-115.00.

Western Oklahoma: Premium quality large square bales few sales 120.00-130.00, 
mostly 120.00-125.00. Good quality 90.00-110.00. Grinding alfalfa 60.00.  

Grass Hay
Central Oklahoma: Good Bermuda 4 X 5 bales 25.00-45.00 per bale, 5 X 6 bales 
40.00-60.00 per bale, mostly 40.00-45.00. Mixed grass 4 X 5 round bales 
20.00-40.00 per bale. 

Western Oklahoma: Good quality wheat hay 5 X 5 1/2 to 5 X 6 bales mostly
50.00/bale or 80.00 per ton. Good Bermuda horse quality 65.00-70.00 per bale 
in 5 X 6 bales, Good Bermuda cow hay 5 X 6 bales 45.00-60.00 per bale, 4 X 5 
bales mixed grass 35.00-45.00 per bale. 5 X 6 bales wheat straw 40.00-45.00 
per bale.

Eastern Oklahoma:  Mixed grass hay in 5 X 6 bales 30.00-50.00. Good Bermuda 
in 5 X 6 bales 50.00-65.00 per bale. Mixed grass 4 x 5 bales 30.00-40.00 per 
bale. Soybean/crabgrass 4 X 5 1/2 bales 35.00 per bale. Small square bales 
good mixed grass or Bermuda 4.00-6.00 per bale.

Forage, feed outlook for 2017, 2018

Dairy farmers got a good look at  what's coming down the pike during the October Hoard's Dairyman webinar.
Forage experts Mike Rankin, managing editor of "Hay & Forage Grower" magazine, and Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois, reviewed forage and crop yields, pricing, quality and availability.
Profit margins may be challenging in 2017 and 2018, they concluded, but understanding production and costs can help dairy farmers make the important feed decisions.

Crop picture

The USDA is figuring average U.S. corn yields at 169 bushels per acre and soybeans  at 49 bushels per acre.
As for hay, there was 226,000 more alfalfa/alfalfa grass acres in 2017 than the previous year, but U.S. exports through July were up over 20 percent in 2017.
However, stores remain good.
"We're hearing that more hay is moving than in 2016, but there is still plenty of inventory in most cases," Rankin observed.
Those good inventories, along with winterkill, the end of the California drought and somewhat higher milk prices all figure into the overall price of hay, as does the weather.
The 2017 growing season featured a very wet spring and summer for most regions. That makes three years that the beginning of the growing season has featured wet conditions across many parts of the United States, Rankin said.
 "This was the worst I have ever tried to get hay up in the early season," farmers in New York state told him, citing low-quality harvests and field damage.
"There's lots of lower quality forages available, but premium-plus hay may be hard to come by and it's going to be expensive," Rankin said.
In the West, he observed, California dairies are feeding less alfalfa than ever.  In 2013, Holsteins were chowing down on nine pounds of dry alfalfa a day. That has dropped to seven pounds, he said, which is thought to be a record low.

Corn picture

Corn fields feature "a whole lot of ugly," Rankin said, ticking off nitrogen losses, lower yields and the specter of mycotoxins and molds.
In 2017, there will be plenty of corn silage variation because of drought-stressed corn plants, barren areas, short plants, and plants with no ears because of pollination and drought challenges. In Illinois, Hutjens said, starch levels range from 25-49 percent.
There will be ensiling risks due to processing and length of chop, and poor fermentation due to dry silage and packing problems, he warned.

Hay woes

When it rains, forage cutting is delayed and quality is reduced.
In the windrow, the rain leaches away or chews up the soluble carbohydrates and energy. Microbial activity is unleashed, resulting in increased risk of molds and mycotoxins.
The end result is lower fiber digestibility, more ash and, overall, lower relative forage quality and lower yields. Fermentation is impacted, making inoculations especially beneficial.
"Persistent rain, on first crop or any crop, is just not a good deal," Rankin observed.
Taking in the big picture, he noted very little dairy quality forage was made early, lots of corn was planted late, and wildfires and hurricanes damaged wide swathes of farmland.
 August came in unseasonably cool, but thankfully, September was a saving grace for the Midwest and East,  giving farmers the gift of a terrific stretch of growing weather that virtually made their crops.

Using feed analysis programs

To locate the best buys in feeds, Hujens champions the use of FeedVal 6.0, a computer program that allows a dairy producer to use local prices and select the nutrient values he considers important. The feed analysis program then indicates the values of feed based on other available feeds, listing the feed, the current price and the breakeven price.
For instance, a look at September 2017 FeedVal shows shelled corn with a current Midwest price of $3.37 a bushel and a breakeven price of $5.23/bushel.
"It's a real steal, as far as that goes," Hutjens said.
Corn silage had a current price of $34 a ton and a breakeven price of $52 a ton.
On the other hand, high quality alfalfa was priced at $176/ton, but the breakeven price was back at $146/ton.  In California, Hutjens noted, premium+ hay is costing farmers $30-$40 more per ton than it did in 2016.
Not surprisingly, a poll of the webinar's audience showed almost 70 percent intended to change their feeding program to include more corn silage this coming year.

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady.  Activity and demand 
moderate to good in all classes.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition 
report for the week ending October 22, 2017 states that Pasture and Range 
conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 54 
percent good, and 18 percent excellent.  Alfalfa crop progress for fourth 
cutting was rated at 63 percent complete.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor 
heavy rain and snow were reported early in the period from the northern Pacific 
Coast into the northern Rockies, while hot, dry weather continued in the 
region’s southern tier. From the Cascades into the northern Rockies, heavy rain 
and mountain snow (1-6 inches liquid equivalent, locally more) led to widespread 
reductions of Abnormal Dryness, Moderate Drought, and Severe Drought.  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: 
www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 170.00; Premium 160.00. 
   Small Squares: Premium 250.00 (7.75 per bale), small lot.
  Grass
   Large Squares: Fair 170.00, small lot.
   Small Squares: Premium 307.00-316.00 (8.75-9.00 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00; Fair 115.00.
   Small Squares: Supreme 220.00 (7.00 per bale); Premium 200.00 (6.00 per 
bale).
  Grass
   Round Bales: Premium 170.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (6.50 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 190.00; Premium 180.00; Fair 115.00; Utility 105.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Small Squares: Supreme 250.00 (12.00 per bale), retail.
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00 (7.00 per bale).
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 285.00 (13.00 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Grass
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00.
   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 
Mineral.
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.

Nebraska Hay Summary

Week Ending October 27, 2017

    Compared to last week alfalfa and grass hay sold unevenly steady. 
Ground and delivered hay and dehy pellets sold steady.  Demand was light to 
moderate in most areas of the state. The best demand continues for top quality 
grass hay for weaning fresh bawling calves and for ground hay to area 
backgrounders and feedlots. Other prospective buyers are busy with fall harvest 
or are moving cattle off of summer grass and have put buying hay on the back 
burner. Several reports across the state of fourth and fifth cutting alfalfa 
getting cut with some of it dry enough to bale. Others are busy with high 
moisture corn, combining soybeans, chopping earlage and some have started on 
combining dry corn.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, 
unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 160.00, few sales 200.00; Premium large 
square bales 140.00-150.00. Good large square bales 150.00. Premium large round 
bales 110.00. Premium small square bales 190.00. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: Premium 
large square bales 150.00.  Grass Hay: Good large round bales 80.00-90.00; fair 
large rounds 65.00-70.00. Premium small square bales of prairie hay 150.00. Rye 
straw in large round bales 75.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 110.00. Dehy 
Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 195.00-210.00.  

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large round bales 140.00. Good round bales 80.00-87.50, 
fair to good large round bales 75.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
120.00-125.00. Alfalfa/Stover mix 110.00, Ground and delivered cornstalks 
90.00-95.00. Dehy pellets 17 percent protein 185.00. 

Panhandle of Nebraska
Alfalfa:  Premium large square bales 160.00; Good large square bales 
135.00-142.50; Fair large square bales 120.00. Large round bales 80.00-
90.00 delivered. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: Good large square bales 130.00. 
Orchard grass: Premium large square bales 140.00-150.00. Grass hay: Large 
round bales 125.00 delivered. Oat hay in large square bales 100.00.  
Straw: Large round bales or large square bales 60.00-70.00. 

Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Western South Dakota Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady with demand moderate in all 
regions.  The NASS Wyoming Crop Progress and Condition report for the week 
ending October 22, 2017 stated Pasture and range condition rated 6 percent very 
poor, 18 percent poor, 48 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 2 percent 
excellent.  Alfalfa third cutting is 85 percent complete.  The NASS Nebraska 
Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending October 22, 2017 states 
that alfalfa fourth cutting was 93 percent complete.  Pasture and range 
condition rated 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 39 
percent good, and 5 percent excellent.  The NASS South Dakota Crop Progress and 
Condition Report for the week ending October 22, 2017 states that pasture and 
range condition rated 29 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 23 
percent good, and 0 percent excellent.  All prices dollars per ton FOB stack in 
large square bales and rounds, unless otherwise noted.  Most horse hay sold in 
small squares.  Prices are from the most recent reported sales. 

Eastern Wyoming 
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Good/Fair 120.00-125.00.
   Round Bales: Good/Fair 120.00-125.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central and Western Wyoming
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Large Squares: Good 140.00.
   Small Squares: Good 135.00 (4.50 per bale).
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay. 

Western Nebraska
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Good 125.00-135.00.
   Large Rounds: Good 135.00.
   Ground and Delivered: 135.00.
  Oats
   Large Rounds: Good 125.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western South Dakota
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Corsica, SD Hay and Straw Auction

For Monday Oct 23, 2017

Receipts:  12 Loads    Last Week:  10 Loads    Last Year:  11 Loads

All prices dollars per ton FOB Corsica, SD.

One load Small Squares equals approximately 5 tons; Large Squares and
Large Rounds range from 10-25 tons per load.

   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 110.00-127.50.  Good:  Large Rounds, 
6 loads 92.50-102.50.  

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 105.00-115.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 
1 load 82.50. 

Kansas Hay Market Report

Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage: 9,973/4,714      Last week: 8,640/4,582 Last year: 9,937/3,539
             
Hay market activity slow; demand light for most classes of hay; prices steady.  
Fieldwork continues to be quite active with producers busy cutting corn, beans 
and milo and planting wheat and rye.  This leaves little time to move hay.  
According to the US Drought Monitor, moderate drought conditions improved in 
Marshall and Nemaha Counties, while the surrounding area and to the east 
returned to normal thanks to recent heavy rainfall. Conditions also improved to 
normal across a large swath from southeastern Kansas to northeastern Oklahoma, 
where up to 2 inches of rain fell over the past week.  The abnormally dry (D0) 
category decreased to 16.69 pct, while moderate drought (D1) decreased to .64 
pct. Alfalfa fourth cutting was 94 pct complete.  If you have hay for sale, 
and/or need hay here in Kansas, use the services of the Internet Hay Exchange: 
www.hayexchange.com/ks.php.
  
Southwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, steady; grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady with 
firmer undertones; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 240.00-250.00. 
Dairy, .80-.90/point RFV, Supreme 150.00-165.00, Premium 145.00-155.00, Good 
125.00-145.00. Stock or Dry Cow alfalfa, 100.00-110.00.  Fair/Good grinding 
alfalfa, 100.00.00-110.00 with an instance at 115.00-120.00. Ground and 
delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 130.00-140.00, with a couple 
instances at 145.00.  The week of 10/15-10/21, 9,973T of grinding alfalfa and 
1,018T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. 

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, alfalfa pellets, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered 
steady; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 7.50-8.50/bale, Dairy, .75-
.85/point RFV. Supreme 140.00-150.00, Premium 130.00-145.00, Good 110.00-130.00. 
Stock cow alfalfa, 80.00-90.00. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 95.00-105.00 with an 
instance at 110.00.  Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 120.00-130.00 with 
an instance at 135.00. The week of 10/15-10/21, 4,714T of grinding alfalfa and 
975T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 
150.00-160.00, 17 pct protein 155.00-165.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 200.00-205.00. 
Grass hay: none reported. Sudan large rounds 70.00-80.00. Straw large squares 
50.00-60.00. 

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement 
slow.  Alfalfa: horse or goat, 210.00-220.00.  Dairy .75-.85/point RFV. Stock 
cow alfalfa 90.00-100.00 with an instance at 125.00-135.00.  Fair/Good grinding 
alfalfa 75.00-85.00 with an instance at 90.00. Ground and delivered, 90.00-
100.00. Grass hay: bluestem, premium small squares 105.00-120.00. Good, mid and 
large squares 80.00-95.00, large rounds 60.00-70.00. Brome: small squares 6.00-
8.00/bale. Good, mid and large squares 100.00-120.00, large rounds 75.00-85.00. 
Oat hay, large squares 120.00-130.00. Straw, none reported. 

Northwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, ground/delivered steady, grinding alfalfa 10.00 higher; movement 
slow. Alfalfa: small squares, horse quality none reported. Goat, 170.00-180.00. 
Dairy, Premium/Supreme .80-.95/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 85.00-95.00. 
Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 75.00-85.00 with an instance at 90.00. Ground and 
delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 90.00-100.00. 

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, ground/delivered, grinding alfalfa, grass hay steady; movement 
slow.  Alfalfa: horse, none reported.  Dairy .90-1.00/point RFV, Supreme 165.00-
185.00. Premium 160.00-175.00, Good 140.00-160.00.  Stock Cow, good 110.00-
120.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 80.00-90.00. Ground and delivered, 110.00-
120.00. Grass hay: bluestem, small squares 5.00-6.00/bale, large squares 90.00-
100.00, large rounds 60.00-70.00.  Brome: Good, small squares 6.00-7.00/bale 
delivered, mid and large squares, 100.00-110.00, good large rounds 75.00-80.00. 
Straw, small squares, 4.00-5.00/bale, large squares 75.00-85.00, large rounds 
65.00-75.00. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Most hay prices steady

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, alfalfa and grass hay sold unevenly steady. Ground and delivered hay steady. Dehydrated pellets sold mostly steady to $2 lower. On the most part, demand was light to moderate in most areas of the state, according to the USDA Market News Service, Oct. 13. Prices given on per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.
Eastern/central—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $160; premium, large squares, $140-$150, small squares, $190. Good grass hay, large rounds, $80-$85; good, large rounds of bromegrass, $75/bale; premium, small squares, $150, small squares brome, $6/bale. Oat hay, large rounds, $100. Rye straw, large rounds, $75. Cane hay, large rounds, $50. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $110. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $195-$210.
Platte Valley—Good alfalfa, rounds $80-$87.50; fair/good, large rounds, $75. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $120-$125. Alfalfa stover mix, $110. Ground and delivered cornstalks, $90-$95. Dehydrated pellets, 17% protein, $185.
Panhandle—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $160; good, large squares, $135-$142.50; fair, large squares, $120. Good alfalfa orchard grass, large squares, $130. Premium orchard grass, large squares, $140-$150. Oat hay, large squares, $100. Straw, large rounds and large squares, $60-$70.
East River area of South Dakota—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $150-$170; premium/supreme, large squares, $150; good, large squares, $140-$150, large rounds, $125; fair, large squares, $120, large rounds, $100-$120, old crop, $105; utility/fair, large squares and rounds, $85-$90. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% $165, 17%, $170. Alfalfa meal, 17% $175. Premium, alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $140-$150. Premium grass, small squares, $5/bale; good, large rounds, old crop, $130; fair, large rounds, $100. Wheat straw, large squares, $110, large rounds, $90. Bean straw, large squares, $55. Cornstalks, large rounds, $45 old crop.
In Iowa, alfalfa and grass hay sold steady to firm. Demand good for all classes of hay and bedding materials.
Rock Valley—Premium alfalfa, large rounds, $117.50-$120, large rounds, $115-$122.50; good, large squares, $105, large rounds, $95-$112.50. Premium grass, large rounds, $122.50-$130; good/premium, large rounds, $110-$117.50 good, large rounds, $90-$105; utility, large rounds, $65. Oat hay, large rounds, $75-$87.50. Straw, large squares, $100. Cornstalks, large rounds, $67.50-$70. Bean stubble, large squares, $40-$45.
In Minnesota, prices were generally steady.
Fair alfalfa, large rounds, $70-$75. Good grass, large rounds, $85; fair, 2 loads, $2.20-$2.60/bale, large rounds, $60-$75, large squares, $60; utility, large rounds, $50-$55. Good alfalfa grass mix, large rounds, $80-$95; fair, large rounds, $65. Cornstalks, large rounds, $35/bale.
In Montana, hay prices sold fully steady. Hay market activity was mostly moderate.
Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $200-$250, large squares, $150-$155; premium, large squares, $140-$155, large rounds, $150; good, large squares, $140-$155, large rounds, $140-$175, small squares, $140-$150; fair, large squares, $120-$150, old crop, $120, large rounds, $120-$150, small squares, $130; utility, large rounds, NA, large squares, $120. Premium grass alfalfa, small squares, NA; good, large rounds, NA, small squares, NA; fair, large squares, $125-$130, large rounds, $125; utility, large rounds, $90. Premium grass, large rounds, NA; good, large squares, $140, large rounds, $130-$135; fair, large squares, NA, large rounds, $115, long haul, $100; utility, large rounds, $105. Premium timothy grass, small squares, $210-$240, large rounds, NA; good, large rounds, NA. Barley straw, large squares, $43-$50, long haul, $40, large rounds, NA, small squares, NA. Wheat straw, SCMT, large squares, $38-$40, long haul, $40. NMT, large squares, NA, large rounds, NA. Wheat hay, large rounds, $120.
In Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, prices were mostly steady with demand moderate to good in all regions.
Eastern Wyoming—Good/fair alfalfa, large squares, $120-$125, rounds, $120-$125. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Central/western Wyoming—Good alfalfa, small squares, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western Nebraska—Alfalfa, ground and delivered, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western South Dakota—No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
In Colorado, hay prices were mostly steady. Activity and demand moderate to good in all classes.
Northeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $170; premium, large squares, $160, small squares, $250, small lot. Fair grass, small squares, $170 small lot; premium, small squares, $280, small lot. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
Southeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, small squares, $220; good, large squares, $130-$140; fair, large squares, $115. Premium grass, rounds bales, $170, small squares, $245, retail. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
San Luis Valley—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $190; premium, large squares, $180; fair, large squares, $115. No reported quotes for other classes.
Southwest—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $250. Premium grass, small squares, $210. Premium orchard grass, small grass, $285. No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.
Mountains/northwest—Good grass, large squares, $150; Premium, small squares, $210. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
In Missouri, hay supplies are moderate, demand is light and prices are steady.
Supreme alfalfa, RFV 185 $170-$220; premium, RFV 170-180, $150-$180; good, RFV 150-170 $120-$160, small squares $4.50-$5/bale; fair, RFV 130-150, $100-$120. Good mixed grass hay, $75-$100, small squares, $3-$4.50/bale, some alfalfa/grass mix. Fair/good mixed grass hay, $50-$80, small squares, $2.50-$3.50, large rounds, $20-$35. Fair/good bromegrass, $50-$80. Wheat straw, small squares, $3-$5/bale.
In Oklahoma, alfalfa trade continued very slow with demand very light for all offerings. Movement very light.
Central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $125-$130; good, large squares, mostly $100-$110; fair/good, round bales, few large squares, $90-$100. Good bermuda grass hay, 4 x 5 bales, $25-$45/bale, 5 x 6 bales, $40-$60. Mixed grass, 4 x 5, rounds, $30-$40/bale.
Eastern—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $120; good , large squares, $100-$115, small squares horse hay, 60-70 pounds, mostly $10-$12/bale. Mixed grass hay, 5 x 6 bales, $30-$50. Good bermuda 5 x 6 bales, $50-$65/bale. Mixed grass, 4 x 5 bales, $30-$40/bale. Soybean crabgrass, 4 x 5 1/2 bales, $35/bale, small squares, good mixed grass or bermuda, $4-$6/bale.
Western—Premium alfalfa, large squares, few sales $120-$130; good, $90-$110. Grinding alfalfa, $60-$65. Good wheat hay, 5 x 5 1/2 to 5 x 6 bales, mostly $50/bale, $80/ton. Good bermuda horse quality, $65-$70/bale in 5 x 6 bales, good bermuda cow hay, 5 x 6 bales, $45-$60/bale; 4 x 5 bales, $35-$45/bale, 5 x 6 bales wheat straw, $40-$45/bale.
In Texas, most hay classes traded fully steady as demand increased.
Panhandle/High Plains—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $180-$230, large rounds, 1200 lbs., delivered, $90-$100/bale; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $170-$180, small bales delivered, $231-$288.75. Ground alfalfa, delivered to feedlots, $150-$160, calf, $160-$165, brown, $120. Good/premium coastal bermuda, large rounds, delivered $180. Wheat straw, large bales, delivered, $80. Cornstalks, ground and delivered, $105. Oat hay, large bales, delivered, $80. Bluestem, large bales, delivered, $95.
Far west Texas/Trans Pecos—Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, delivered local or FOB, $250-$297, large squares, delivered, $205-$220, large squares, FOB, $160-$170; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $190-$205, large squares, FOB, $140-$160; fair/good, large squares, FOB, $135-$140.
North/central/east—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $220-$235; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $205-$220. Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $231-$265, large rounds, FOB $80-$100; fair/good, small squares, FOB, $165-$198.
South—Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $231-$265, large rounds, FOB and delivered locally, $100-$140; fair/good, small squares, FOB, $165-$198, large rounds, FOB and delivered locally, $70-$100. Grass mix, large rounds, FOB, $80.
In New Mexico, alfalfa hay prices unchanged. Trade was slow, demand light.
Eastern—Premium/supreme, baled alfalfa, large squares, $175-$200; good, large squares, $145-$165; fair, large squares, $125-$145. Ground hay, $145-$165 (feedlot hay). Oat hay, $130/ton delivered from Colorado.
Southeast—Premium/supreme baled alfalfa, large squares, $180, small bales, $240/ton loaded on truck; good, large squares, $145-$165; fair, $120-$145 to dairies.
South/southwest—Premium/supreme bales alfalfa, large squares, $165-$180, small bales alfalfa, $240/ton, $7-$8/bale FOB; good, large squares, $135-$145, small bales, $6-$7/bale; fair, large squares, $110-$125, small bales, $5/bale; utility, large squares, $90. Corn silage, $46/ton net back to farmer 68% moisture.
North Central—Premium/ supreme baled alfalfa, small squares, $7-$8/bale; good, small squares, $5-$6/bale.

Weekly Utah Hay Market Report

Utah  Hay  prices  prices  mostly firm,  with trading  slow  on all  Quality's.  Majority
of  movement on previous contracts. Lower quality hay demand is light with good supplies.
Confirmed sales 6,300 tons.

Guidelines for Alfalfa Hay:  Visual exam and intent of sale; Relative Feed Value (RFI.J); 
Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF); Crude Protein (C?). USDA Grades are based on 100 % Dry Matter
Content.  All prices are in dollars per ton, FOB at stack,  Unless Otherwise noted. Bales
large and small.

Northern Area: Alfalfa: Supreme No I dairy: 120—140.00; Premium: 100.00—120.00; 
Good Feeder: 80.00-95.00.  Fair: 60.00-80. 00; Low: No Quote.
Premium retail horse sales 100.00—150.00.

Central Area: Alfalfa: Supreme # 1 dairy 120.00—140.00; Premium Dairy: 100.00—110.00; 
Good Feeder: 80.00-90.00; Fair: 60.00-80.00; Low: scarce.
Oat Hay: No Quotes.  Premium retail horse sales: 110.00—150.00.

Southern Area: Alfalfa: Supreme #1 dairy: 120.00—150.00; Premium 100.00—130.00; Good 
Feeder: 80.00—93.00; Fair: 60.00—80 .00; Low: no quotes

Uintah Basin: Alfalfa: Supreme dairy: 100.00—130.00; premium dairy: 90.00—100.00; 
Good Feeder: 75.00-90.00; Fair: 50.00-70.00; Low: scarce. 
Premium retail horse sales: 150.00-180.00.


Note: Low quality hay can be weedy, or weather damaged or all of the above.

Detailed Quotations Utah (Bales — large anci small in stack), last quoted sales are
sales more than two weeks old.

Alfalfa Small and Large Square Bales last quoted sales
 Retail Horse (small lots) 150.00-180.00
 Supreme Dairy            130.00-150.00 last quote
 Premium Dairy                 90.00-125.00  last quote
        Good                         70.00-85.00 
        Fair                       50.00-70.00
        Low                             n/q       

Alfalfa Standing:                       70.00-85.00/ton

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold fully steady. 
Hay market activity this week was mostly slow. Producers
in western Montana continue to put up 3rd cutting, as the
forecast has turned in their favor. Many cattlemen are busy 
selling calves and have not been active in buying hay. The 
majority of hay sold this week was 3rd cutting as many producers 
are trying to move hay straight out of the fields. On a more 
national outlook, US hay production estimated by USDA-NASS
was just shy of 132 million tons for 2017, 3 million tons
less than was produced in 2016. NASS also estimates total hay
supply is down just shy of 2%. All prices are dollars per ton 
and FOB unless otherwise noted.


                                              
  Alfalfa:    Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-250.00
                        Large squares, 150.00-155.00
              Premium:  Large squares, 140.00-155.00  
                        Large rounds,  150.00              
              Good:     Large squares, 140.00-155.00           
                        Large rounds,  140.00-175.00
                        Small squares, 140.00-150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 120.00-150.00, Old crop 120.00
                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00 
                        Small Squares, 130.00
              Utility   Large rounds,  NA
                        Large squares, 120.00   3rd 
                
Grass/Alfalfa:Premium:  Small squares, NA
              Good:     Large rounds,  150.00     
                        Small squares, NA
              Fair:     Large squares, 125.00-130.00
                        Large rounds,  125.00
              Utility:  Large rounds,  90.00


   Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
              Good:     Large squares, 140.00
                        Large rounds,  130.00
              Fair:     Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  115.00; long haul 100.00
              Utility:  Large rounds,  105.00   
                          

Timothy 
Grass:        Premium:  Small squares, 210.00-240.00
              Premium:  Large rounds,  NA
              Good:     Large rounds,  NA
           

Barley                  Large squares, 43.00-50.00;  long haul 40.00
straw:                  Large rounds,  NA
                        Small squares, NA
                  

Wheat straw:

South central Montana   Large squares, 38.00-40.00; long haul 35.00
Northern Montana        Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  NA

Wheat hay:              Large rounds, 120.00

CME: Hay Production, Forage Supply Prospects for Cattle Producers Improving

US - Hay production and forage supply prospects for cattle producers are finishing the growing season in better shape than might have been expected at mid-year, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.
Drought conditions across the Northern Plains that began in late May and worsened into the early summer forced abnormally high numbers of cattle to be moved out of that region to feedlots or areas with better forage. Dry weather also became a bigger issue for the Pacific Northwest and Inter-mountain West as the summer progressed, leading to major wild fire challenges.
USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) estimated that hay production will be close to 132 million tons in 2017, down 3 million tons from last year. Meanwhile, range and pasture conditions have traced a typical seasonal pattern, declining from the spring to the fall as summer heat and dryness take a toll.

In 2016, range and pastures rated in good to excellent conditions at mid-year was at 59 per cent, declining to 46 per cent by mid-October. This year, mid-year range and pasture conditions were 57 per cent good to excellent, with a decline to 40 per cent in the most recent week. Better range and pasture condition in the Southeast and Southern Plains this year have been a counterbalance to problems in the West and Northern Plains.
Total hay supplies for the 2017-2018 crop year (May 2017-April 2018) are down almost 2 per cent from the prior year, given the smaller hay production this year. This matches up with a 2 per cent increase in roughage consuming animals in the US compared to 2016, due mostly an expanding beef cattle herd. Hay prices had been tracking above year earlier values since the Spring based on the combination of less hay supply versus more animals.

Grass hay values were surprisingly weak in August, mostly due to a 25 per cent price decline in Oklahoma, the third largest non-Alfalfa hay producing state. Grass hay prices were down 5 per cent in Texas, the largest producer of non-Alfalfa hay. California, Minnesota, and Ohio also recorded double-digit percentage declines in non-Alfalfa hay prices from July to August.
Carryover hay supplies from last year in Oklahoma were at the highest levels since 2008 at the end of April and triple the inventory on hand in April 2012 when Oklahoma experienced its last drought. These large supplies, coupled with favorable weather in August for pastures in Oklahoma put pressure on hay prices even though current year grass hay production is about the same as last year. Also, alfalfa hay production in Oklahoma is up more than 40 per cent from 2016.
Cattle producers in the Southern Plains are looking at a much improved situation compared to a year ago. Calf prices this August are up 8 per cent from the prior August while grass hay prices (non Alfalfa type) were 12% lower than a year earlier. The ratio of Oklahoma City steer calf prices (500-550#) to grass hay prices this August was 2.61:1, compared to 2.12:1 in August 2016 and 3.69:1 in August 2015. The current forage situation is encouraging for the beef cattle industry in the Southern Plains.