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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Oklahoma Hay Market Report

Alfalfa trade and movement mostly light to moderate. Demand was fairly good 
for all classes of alfalfa except grinding hay. Alfalfa prices mostly 5.00-
10.00 higher. Dairy hay offerings have become scarcer over the past few 
months. Demand for better quality grass and wheat hay also improved over 
recent weeks.  Trade and movement, however, remain light to moderate. 
Oklahoma received very little rainfall through November and about 28 percent 
of the state now in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S 
Drought Monitor. Dryland wheat pastures are in desperate need of rain.

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 large square bales 125.00-140.00. Good 
quality large square bales mostly 100.00-120.00. Fair to Good quality round 
bales and few large square bales 80.00-100.00. Small square bales Premium 
Quality 10.00-12.50 per bale.

Eastern Oklahoma: Premium quality large square bales 125.00-135.00. Good 
quality large square alfalfa 100.00-120.00.

Western Oklahoma: Premium quality large square bales few sales 125.00-135.00. 
Good quality 100.00-115.00. 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 40.00-50.00. Mixed grass 4 X 5 round bales 
20.00-40.00 per bale. Bermuda grass small square bales 7.50-9.00 per bale.

Western Oklahoma: Good quality wheat hay 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 25.00-40.00 per 
bale. Small square bales good mixed grass or Bermuda 4.00-6.00 per bale.

10 ‘soundbites’ from Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium

“There will be fewer alfalfa acres in Kings, Tulare, and Fresno counties (in Central California) in 2018," predicts hay market analyst Seth Hoyt.
About 430 members of the western alfalfa and forage industries gathered Nov. 28- 30 in Reno, Nev. to learn improved ways to grow, bale, test, and sell quality hays.
The crowd at the 2017 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium heard the latest research findings, news, technological developments, and solutions to push their alfalfa and forage farms and related businesses to the next level.
Below are 10 of the noted ‘soundbites’ from event speakers, courtesy of Western Farm Press.  
No. 1 – High quality alfalfa is essential. “Alfalfa must be nutritious and palatable. The animal must be willing to eat it or it doesn’t do any good,” said Shannon Mueller, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) director at Fresno County.
No. 2 – Seth Hoyt, market analyst and author of The Hoyt Report weekly newsletter, offered these noted ‘bites’:
A – “I can’t predict alfalfa prices (for 2018) due to so many variables.” Hoyt has made the same comment for the last several years at the same symposium due to fast changing market forces. 
B - “There will be fewer alfalfa acres in Kings, Tulare, and Fresno counties (in Central California) in 2018. More hay will be brought in from other states,” said Hoyt, suggesting that fewer acres could be tied to increased tree nut plantings.
C – “Alfalfa hay exports to Japan are up 7 percent to about 33,000 metric tons,” said Hoyt who expects western hay export numbers to be mostly strong in 2018.
No. 3 - On dairy, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling Associates noted these points – 1- “We expect more negative (milk) prices in 2018.” 2 – “Domestic demand for U.S. dairy products remain flat with a 1 percent increase in cheese (sales).” 3 – “We are entering a new year with a lot of dairy products with plenty of butter on hand. We have way too much powder.”
No. 4 – “The two (main) purposes of hay testing is to formulate rations and determine economic worth,” said Dan Putnam, UCCE forage specialist.
No. 5 – What is the most powerful mechanism growers can use to influence forage quality? It’s the cutting schedule, said 85 percent of the 200 folks who attended a question and answer session using clicker technology to select from multiple choice answers, during the symposium’s Alfalfa Hay Quality Workshops.
No. 6 – What type of hay rake is more likely to have leaf shatter? A mechanical rake (hydraulic or PTO), said 53 percent of the workshop attendees via clickers during the Hay Quality Workshop.
No. 7 – “The ‘5 Rs’ of feeding cows include the right feed, right cows, right time, right amounts, and right physical form,” said Rick Norell of the University of Idaho. He added, “Forages set the pace for the entire ration.”
No. 8 – “When taking a bale sample go into the middle of the bale. Don’t use the plunger at an angle. Go into the center of the bale – straight into the bale” – Jody Gale, Utah State University.
No. 9 – On the U.S. farm bill, “There is no evidence that commodity subsidies have helped industries prosper. Evidence exists that they (subsidies) have stifled innovation in products and markets,” said Dan Sumner of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
No. 10 – Tim DelCurto of Montana State University, said: “The U.S. is the world’s largest beef producer with nearly 27 billion pounds (produced) in 2017.”
This year’s symposium featured a trade show with 76 exhibitors.

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were slightly higher.  Activity light and 
demand good in all classes.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition 
report for the week ending November 26, 2017 states that another week of warm 
and dry weather pushed crop harvest to near completion, according to the 
Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 
USDA.  Pasture and Range conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 15 percent 
poor, 25 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.  Stored feed 
supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 85 percent adequate, 
and 11 percent surplus.  The USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s 
Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update Report for Thursday, November 30, 2017 
has the Gunnison River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 45%, the Upper Colorado 
River basin at 68%, the South Platte River Basin at 84%, the Laramie and North 
Platte River Basins at 87%, the Yampa and White River Basins at 75%, the 
Arkansas River Basin at 62%, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 42% and the San 
Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River Basins at 29% as a percent of the 
median of all SNOTEL sites in each basin compared to previous years.  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: Premium 245.00, small lot; Good 212.00, small lot. 
   Small Squares: Premium 275.00-295.00 (8.25-8.50 per bale), small lot.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00-335.00 (9.00-9.75 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
   Small Squares: Supreme 220.00-230.00 (6.75-7.00 per bale).
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 253.00-262.00 (6.75 per bale), retail.
  Triticale
   Large Squares: Good 120.00.
  Sorghum Sudan
   Round Bales: Good 75.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
  Alfalfa
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00 (7.00 per bale).
  Grass
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 265.00 (8.00 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   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.

Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Western South Dakota Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady with demand light in all 
regions.  Producers indicate movement of hay throughout Wyoming, but little to 
no movement in South Dakota.  The USDA Wyoming NRCS Monday Morning Snow Report 
for November 27, 2017 has the Snake River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 165%, 
the Madison River basin at 136%, the Yellowstone Basin at 181%, the Wind River 
Basin at 170%, the Bighorn Basin at 133%, the Shoshone River Basin at 191%, the 
Powder Basin at 124%, the Tongue Basin at 71%, the Belle Fourche Basin at 0%, 
the Cheyenne Basin at 97%, the Upper North Platte Basin at 94%, the Sweetwater 
Basin at 122%, the Lower North Platte Basin at 66%, the Laramie Basin at 119%, 
the South Platte Basin at 119%, the Little Snake River Basin at 80%, the Upper 
Green Basin at 164%, the Lower Green Basin at 92%, and the Upper Bear Basin at 
91% as a percent of the median of all SNOTEL sites in each basin compared to 
previous years.  According to the United States Drought Monitor, in the High 
Plains, conditions were very dry this week, and temperatures were well above 
normal across the entire region. 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: Supreme 200.00 DEL.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central and Western Wyoming
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Large Squares: Utility 85.00.
  Native Grass
   Large Squares: Good 75.00.
  Forage Oats
   Large Squares: Good 75.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay. 

Western Nebraska
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Good 135.00.
   Ground and Delivered: 135.00.
  Wheat Straw
   Large Squares: Good 60.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

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

Nebraska Hay Summary

Week Ending December 01, 2017

  Compared to two weeks ago alfalfa sold fully steady to 5.00 higher, grass hay 
sold steady to 5.00 higher, dehy alfalfa pellets in the east sold steady to 
10.00 higher, Platte Valley pellets sold steady. Ground and delivered hay sold 
steady. Demand has improved this week as cattle move into feedlots and producers 
are needing hay to supplement cows through the winter. Even though the winter 
has been very mild some prospective buyers are somewhat concerned about the dry 
weather and are starting to procure additional forages. Corn harvest is coming 
to a close with NASS reporting 97 percent complete. With more than normal ear 
corn left in the fields many farmers are making cornstalk bales to help clean up 
their fields. Farmers have been able to make a lot of bales the last few weeks 
with the unseasonably warm and dry temperatures.  All sales are dollars per ton 
FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 225.00; Premium large square bales 
150.00-175.00; Premium small square bales 6.00-6.50 per bale; Good to premium 
large round bales 110.00; Good large round 85.00-90.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: 
Good to Premium large round bales 100.00. Grass Hay: Premium large round bales 
85.00-90.00, few at 95.00; Good large round bales 80.00-85.00; fair large rounds 
60.00-70.00. Premium small square bales of prairie hay 150.00; Brome grass in 
small square bales 5.50 per bale. Cornstalk bales 50.00-55.00. Soybean stubble 
round bales 45.00. Straw in small square bales 3.50 per bale. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 115.00.  Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 195.00-
220.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 190.00, 17 percent protein 
195.00. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 85.00-90.00, few at 95.00. Grass Hay: 
Large round bales 90.00-100.00; fair large round bales 55.00-60.00. Cane 
Hay large round bales 65.00-70.00. Cornstalk bales 50.00-60.00. Bean 
stubble bales 55.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 120.00-130.00. 
Alfalfa/Stover mix 110.00-115.00, Ground and delivered cornstalks 85.00-
100.00. Dehy pellets 17 percent protein 185.00-200.00.  Sun-Cured Alfalfa 
pellets 15 percent protein 170.00. 

Panhandle of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large square bales 160.00-180.00; Good large square 
bales 120.00-140.00. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: Good to Premium large square 
bales 140.00-150.00. Orchard Grass: Premium large square bales 145.00.  
Grass hay: Large round bales 125.00 delivered. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 130.00-135.00. 

Missouri Weekly Hay Summary

Week ending 12/01/2017

   
Drought conditions in the southern part of the state continue to worsen with 
near 75 percent of the state appearing in the latest drought monitor. That 
number is nearly the same as last week. The percent in severe drought has not 
changed much with slightly over 16 percent being reported. Several producers 
are feeding some hay especially in the South central area which is the driest 
part of the state. Luckily the state has plenty of hay currently. The major 
concern and one problem more serious than hay supply is the supply of stock 
water. Many farmers are reporting ponds are extremely low and are likely to 
freeze dry if cold weather sets in unless some major rains provide some run 
off soon. 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) 180.00-250.00
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 

Good quality Bromegrass 100.00-150.00
Fair to Good quality Bromegrass 50.00-80.00

Wheat straw 3.00-6.00 per small square bale

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Corsica, SD Hay and Straw Auction

For Monday Nov 27, 2017

Receipts:  26 Loads    Last Week:  20 Loads    Last Year:  10 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, 10 loads 105.00-117.00; Fair Large Rounds, 2 
loads 95.00-100.00.

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 7 loads 95.00-122.50.  Fair:  Large
Rounds, 3 loads 80.00-90.00.

   Straw: 1 load 55.00.

   Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 3 loads 47.50-55.00.

Rock Valley Hay Auction

For Monday, Nov 27, 2017

Receipts:  65 loads    Last Week:  35 loads    Year Ago:  NA
 
   Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady.  Grass hay had a weaker 
undertone.  All classes had varying quality.  Prices dollars per ton, except 
where noted.  All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.  

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

   Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Rounds, 2 loads 150.00-160.00.  Premium: Large 
Squares, 2 Loads 147.50-150.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 140.00-142.50.  Good: 
Large Rounds, 6 loads 130.00-137.50.

   Grass:  Premium: Large Rounds, 5 loads 140.00-142.50, individual load 160.00.  
Good: Large Rounds, 11 loads 125.00-135.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 2 loads 
120.00.  Large Rounds, 11 loads 112.50-122.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 
95.00-102.50.

   Alfalfa/Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-132.50.  Good: Large 
Rounds, 2 loads 122.50-125.00.

   Millet:  None.

   Rye: None.

   Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, None.

   Straw:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 92.50-102.50.

   Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 12 loads 32.50-45.00, mostly 40.00-45.00.

Kansas Hay Market Report

Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage:  9,766/4,049     Last week: 9,866/3,911 Last year: 10,529/4,449
             
Hay market activity slow; demand moderate to good; offerings of grinder hay 
light; prices steady. This Kansas weather continues to amaze. Thanksgiving Day 
saw most locations basking in lots of sunshine with temperatures in the 70s and 
80s, many of which set record high temperatures. The weather is great but many 
areas could use some rain.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the 
abnormally dry (D0) category increased significantly to 34.12 pct, while 
moderate drought (D1) increased slightly to 1.38 pct. The Kansas Forage and 
Grassland Council is having their annual conference on December 12 in Salina.  
Visit their website at www.ksfgc.org for more information and registration.  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, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered steady; 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, 105.00-115.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 115.00-125.00 with an 
instance at 130.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 
135.00-145.00, with instances at 150.00.  The week of 11/19-11/25, 9,766T of 
grinding alfalfa and 1200T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Cornstalks: large 
round 50.00-60.00. 

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, alfalfa pellets, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered 
steady; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 240.00-245.00, Dairy, .75-
.85/point RFV. Supreme 140.00-150.00, Premium 130.00-145.00, Good 110.00-130.00. 
Stock cow alfalfa, 130.00-135.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 100.00-
110.00 with an instance at 125.00-130.00.  Ground and delivered locally to 
feedlots 130.00-140.00. The week of 11/19-11/25, 4,049T of grinding alfalfa and 
900T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Alfalfa pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 
160.00-165.00, 17 pct protein 165.00-170.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 205.00-215.00. 
Grass hay: bluestem, large rounds 65.00-70.00; Brome: large rounds 70.00-75.00, 
small squares 105.00-115.00. Sudan large rounds 80.00-90.00. Teff, small squares 
6.25-6.75 per bale, large squares 115.00-125.00 delivered, large rounds 65.00-
75.00.  Cornstalks: large rounds 55.00-60.00, cornstalks ground and delivered 
60.00-70.00, Straw large squares 50.00-60.00, large rounds 50.00-55.00. Milo 
stalks 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, and 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, 80.00-90.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and 
dairies, 90.00-100.00. 

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, and grass hay steady; 
movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse, small squares 9.00-10.00/bale. Dairy .95-
1.05/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-195.00, Premium 170.00-185.00, Good 150.00-
170.00.  Stock Cow, good 110.00-120.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 90.00-
100.00 with a couple of instances at 110.00-120.00. 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 65.00-75.00.  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. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hay prices generally steady

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, large square bales of alfalfa going to dairies sold steady to $10 higher, round bales of alfalfa sold fully steady, grass hay, dehydrated pellets and ground and delivered hay sold steady, according to the USDA Market News Service, Nov. 17. Prices given on per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.
Eastern/central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $150-$175; good, large squares, $150, large rounds, $75-$85; good/premium, large rounds, $110. Premium grass hay, large rounds, $85-$90; good, large rounds, $80-$85; fair, large rounds, $60-$70. Premium, small squares prairie hay $150. Cornstalk bales with ear corn, $60 delivered. Soybean stubble, rounds, $45. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $115. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $195-$210.
Platte Valley—Good alfalfa, large rounds $75-$85. Cornstalk bales with ear corn, $50. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $125-$130. Alfalfa stover mix, $115. Ground and delivered cornstalks, $95-$100. Dehydrated pellets, 17% protein, $185-$200. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, $170.
Panhandle—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $160-$180; good, large squares, $120-$140; fair, large squares, $110-$115. Good/premium alfalfa orchard grass, large squares, $140-$150. Premium orchard grass, large squares, $145. Grass hay, large rounds, $125 delivered. Straw, large rounds and large squares, $60-$70. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $130-$135.
East River area of South Dakota—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $6.50/bale; premium, large squares, $160-$185, small squares, $6/bale; good, large squares, $150-$160; fair, large rounds, $110-$135, large squares, $110; utility, large squares, $95-$100. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, $170, 17% protein $175. Alfalfa meal, 17% protein, $180. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $150; good, large rounds, $125-$130, large rounds, $110. Good/premium grass, large rounds, $135/bale; good, large squares, $125-$130, large rounds, $120; fair, large rounds, $110-$125. Wheat straw, large squares, $100. Cornstalks, large rounds, $40-$50, $60 delivered on a short haul, large rounds, in North SD, $75.
In Iowa, all class of hay sold firmer.
Rock Valley—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $185, large rounds, $170; premium, large squares, $155, large rounds, $147.50-$157.50; good, large squares, $140-$145, large rounds, $135-$145; fair, large squares, $137.50, large rounds, $127.50-$132.50. Premium grass, large squares, $142.50-$145, large rounds, $140-$150; good, large squares, $127.50-$132.50, large rounds, $125-$135; fair, large rounds, $115-$122.50; utility, large rounds, $95-$110. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $142.50. Oat hay, large rounds, $112.50. Rye hay, none. Millet hay, none. Straw, large squares, $97.50, large rounds, $110. Cornstalks, large squares, $45-$55.
In Minnesota, prices were generally steady.
Premium grass, large rounds, $120-$130; good, large rounds, $105-$115; fair, large rounds, $90-$100; utility, large rounds, $70-$85. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large rounds, $110-$115; good, large rounds, $80.
In Montana, hay prices sold fully steady. Hay market activity this week continues to be slow with light sales volume seen this week. Demand for alfalfa was light to moderate this week.
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, large rounds, $120-$150, small squares, $130; utility, large rounds, NA, large squares, $110-$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—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $170; good/fair alfalfa, large squares, $120-$130. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Central/western Wyoming—Good alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $140, small squares, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western Nebraska—Good alfalfa, large squares, $130-$140. Ground and delivered, $135. Good oats, large rounds, $125. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western South Dakota—No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
In Colorado, prices were mostly steady. Activity and demand good in all classes.
Northeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, $200 small lot, small squares, $265-$300, small lot; premium, large squares, $160; good, large squares, $130-$140; good/fair, large squares, $125. Premium grass, large squares, $275, small lot, small squares, $315, small lot. Premium orchard grass, small ssquares, $305-$315, small lot. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
Southeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, small squares, $225. Premium grass, rounds bales, $170, small squares, $245, retail. Good triticale, large squares, $120. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
San Luis Valley—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180-$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, small squares, $160. 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 movement remains slow, supplies are moderate, demand is light and prices are steady.
Supreme alfalfa, RFV 185 $180-$250; 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. Fair mixed grass hay, large rounds, $20-$35/bale. Good bromegrass, $100-$150; fair/good, $50-$80. Wheat straw, small squares, $3-$6/bale.
In Oklahoma, alfalfa trade mostly moderate. Movement mostly moderate. Demand was fairly good for lower end Premium quality dairy hay and all grinding hay. Prices were fully steady.
Central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $120-$130; good, large squares, $100-$110; fair/good, round bales, few large squares, $80-$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-$130; 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, $25-$40/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. Good wheat hay, 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 mixed grass, $35-$45/bale, 5 x 6 bales wheat straw, $40-$45/bale.
In Texas, most hay classes remained fully steady on moderate to good demand.
Panhandle/High Plains—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $180-$235, large rounds, 1200 lbs., delivered, $90/bale; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $160-$180, small bales delivered, $231-$288.75. Ground alfalfa, delivered to feedlots, $155, calf, $160-$165. Good/premium coastal bermuda, large rounds, delivered $130-$180. Wheat hay, large bales, delivered, $130. Oat hay, large bales, delivered, $80. Bluestem, large bales, delivered, $95. Hay Grazer, large bales, delivered, $85.
Far west Texas/Trans Pecos—Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, delivered local or FOB, $250-$330, large squares, delivered, $190-$240, large squares, FOB, $170-$220; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $170-$190, large squares, FOB, $140-$160; fair/good, large squares, FOB, $135-$140.
North/central/east—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $235-$250; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $210-$235. Good/premium coastal bermuda, small squares, FOB, $231-$265, large rounds, FOB $80-$120; 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. Grass Mix, large rounds, FOB, $80.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

U.S. hay exports heading for new records

West Coast hay exports, the vast majority of U.S. hay exports, are likely to set new volume and dollar records in 2017, analysts say.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — While hay exporters in Ellensburg say it’s still a long, tough road back from market losses caused by the port slowdown of 2014 and 2015, University of California analysts say West Coast hay exports may set new records exceeding 5 million metric tons and $1.4 billion in value in 2017.

China and relative newcomer Saudi Arabia are driving the increase, according to an October Alfalfa and Forage News report by UC-Davis Cooperative Extension.

Japan remains the largest importer of U.S. hay at 1.57 million metric tons in 2016 but growing only 2.2 percent from 2015 while China/Hong Kong was close on its heels at 1.4 million metric tons up 24.4 percent from 2015, according to the report. South Korea was third at 935,000 metric tons up 3.1 percent and United Arab Emirates was fourth at 399,000 metric tons up 21.4 percent. Saudi Arabia was fifth at 264,000 metric tons up 257.3 percent.

Mark T. Anderson, president of Anderson Hay & Grain Co., a large West Coast exporter in Ellensburg, says tonnage to China is great.

“But given current market dynamics there is no profit in sales to China by growers or processors. Hopefully, this will change as alfalfa supplies tighten up this winter and into new crop next year,” Anderson said.

There is demand from Saudi Arabia, but most of the buying is from one large dairy there with its own operations in Arizona, he said.

“Time will tell on future tons, what comes from the U.S. and how channels get developed,” he said. “We see opportunities to grow hay exports, but markets are competitive and other countries are working hard to ramp up production.”

Daniel Putnam, UC-Davis Extension alfalfa and forage specialist and one of the report’s three authors, said volume of exports has grown 56 percent in the first six months of each year since 2014 and export values 47 percent. He noted that’s coming up from a significant slump in 2014 due to work slowdowns at ports.

“The entire alfalfa industry has been slowly coming back from low prices over the past few years as dairy prices increase and inventory and acreage is down,” Putnam said.

Don Schilling, president of Wesco International, Ellensburg, said competition will be keen for the Chinese and Middle East markets and that those countries shop around more than Japan did when it entered the market years ago.

“As long as we continue to be the most reliable and safe supplier, we will dominate the market,” Schilling said. “But when our prices are too high they will look elsewhere more than they already are and when our roads or ports are congested, we lose.”

Saudi demand is increasing because of a three-year program, begun in 2016, to conserve water, according to UC-Davis reports. It has resulted in a reduction of domestic alfalfa, wheat, corn and several other commodities important for dairy and livestock production.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are regional milk producers and water restrictions in the UAE several years ago increased U.S. hay exports to the UAE from minuscule to 399,000 metric tons in 2016, the reports say.

While importing 264,000 metric tons of U.S. hay in 2016, Saudi Arabia imported 100,000 from Spain and less than 25,000 from Argentina. European, African, South American, Canadian and Australian suppliers are likely to compete for the Middle East hay market and while the U.S. has a disadvantage of distance it has an advantage of quality, the reports say.

The Middle East market will be a driver in continuing to increase U.S. hay exports which have risen in recent years to 15 percent of alfalfa production and 50 percent of grass hay production in the seven western-most states, the reports conclude.

Kansas Hay Market Report

******HAPPY THANKSGIVING*******

Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage:  9,866/3,911     Last week: 10,558/4,147 Last year: 11,004/4,206
             
Hay market activity slow; demand moderate to good; offerings of grinder hay 
light; prices steady. Grinding alfalfa continues to be illusive and producers 
continue to receive increased inquiries.  Per NASS, some producers were waiting 
for crops to dry down to finish with harvest, while fog and drizzle slowed 
progress in some areas. Rain would be welcomed to help the winter wheat crop, 
with light precipitation recorded in the north and southeast, with minimal 
amounts scattered throughout the rest of the state. According to the U.S. 
Drought Monitor, the abnormally dry (D0) category increased slightly to 17.78 
pct, while moderate drought (D1) increased to 1.07 pct. The Kansas Forage and 
Grassland Council is having their annual conference on December 12 in Salina.  
Visit their website at www.ksfgc.org, for more information and registration.  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, grinding alfalfa steady and ground/delivered 5.00 
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, 105.00-115.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 115.00-
125.00 with an instance at 130.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and 
dairies, 135.00-145.00, with instances at 150.00.  The week of 11/12-11/18, 
9,866T of grinding alfalfa and 735T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Cornstalks: 
large round 50.00-60.00. The average paid by feedlots on November 1* (correction 
made to date sequence due to clerical error) for alfalfa ground and delivered 
was 129.98, up 3.39 from last month, usage was 763T/day, down 14.82 pct, and 
total usage was 23,654T.

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, alfalfa pellets, steady; grinding alfalfa and 
ground/delivered 5.00-10.00 higher; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 
240.00-245.00, Dairy, .75-.85/point RFV. Supreme 140.00-150.00, Premium 130.00-
145.00, Good 110.00-130.00. Stock cow alfalfa, 130.00-135.00 delivered. 
Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 100.00-110.00 with an instance at 125.00-130.00.  
Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 130.00-140.00. The week of 11/12-11/18, 
3,911T of grinding alfalfa and 925T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Alfalfa 
pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 160.00-165.00, 17 pct protein 165.00-170.00, 
Dehydrated 17 pct 205.00-215.00. Grass hay: bluestem, large rounds 65.00-70.00; 
Brome: large rounds 70.00-75.00, small squares 105.00-115.00. Sudan large rounds 
80.00-90.00. Teff, small squares 6.25-6.75 per bale, large squares 115.00-125.00 
delivered, large rounds 65.00-75.00.  Cornstalks: large rounds 55.00-60.00, 
cornstalks ground and delivered 60.00-70.00, Straw large squares 50.00-60.00, 
large rounds 50.00-55.00. Milo stalks 50.00-55.00. The average paid by feedlots 
on November 1* (correction made to date sequence due to clerical error)for 
alfalfa ground and delivered was 124.89, up 13.80 from last month, usage was 
310T/day, down 22.69 pct, and total usage was 9,613T.

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, and 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, 80.00-90.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and 
dairies, 90.00-100.00. 

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa .05-.10 per point lower, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, and 
grass hay steady; movement slow.  Alfalfa: horse, small squares 9.00-10.00/bale. 
Dairy .95-1.05/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-195.00, Premium 170.00-185.00, Good 
150.00-170.00.  Stock Cow, good 110.00-120.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 
90.00-100.00 with a couple of instances at 110.00-120.00. 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 65.00-75.00.  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 Nov 20, 2017

Receipts:  20 Loads    Last Week:  19 Loads    Last Year:  15 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, 12 loads 97.50-115.00.  

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 100.00-122.50.  Fair:  Large
Rounds, 3 loads 85.00-95.00.

   Corn Stalks: 2 loads 50.00-55.00.

Rock Valley Hay Auction

For Monday, Nov 20, 2017

Receipts:  35 loads    Last Week:  30 loads    Year Ago:  28 Loads
 
   Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady.  Prices dollars per ton, 
except where noted.  All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.  

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

   Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Rounds, 1 load 160.00.  Premium: Large Squares, 4 
Loads 140.00-147.50.  Good: Large Squares, 2 loads 135.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 
130.00-135.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 122.50; Large Rounds, 1 load 120.00.

   Grass:  Premium: Large Rounds, 3 loads 140.00-150.00.  Good: Large Rounds, 4 
loads 122.50-132.50.  Fair: Large Rounds, 5 loads 112.50-120.00.  Utility: Large 
Rounds, 1 load 95.00.

   Alfalfa/Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 1 load 140.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 1 
load 85.00.

   Millet:  None.

   Rye: None.

   Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 97.50.

   Straw:  None.

   Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 37.50-45.00.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hay trade remains steady

In Nebraska and the East River area of South Dakota, grass hay dehydrated pellets and ground and delivered hay sold steady, according to the USDA Market News Service, Nov. 10. Prices given on per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.
Eastern/central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $150-$175; good, large squares, $150, large rounds, $75-$85; good/premium, large rounds, $110. Premium alfalfa grass hay, large rounds, $85-$90; good, large rounds, $80-$85; fair, large rounds, $60-$70. Premium, small squares prairie hay $150. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $115. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, $195-$210.
Platte Valley—Good alfalfa, large rounds $75-$85. Cornstalk bales, $60 delivered. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $120-$130. Alfalfa stover mix, $115. Ground and delivered cornstalks, $95-$100. Dehydrated pellets, 17% protein, $185.
Panhandle—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $160; good, large squares, $135-$150; fair, large squares, $110-$115. Good/premium alfalfa orchard grass, large squares, $130-$150. Grass hay, large rounds, $125 delivered. Straw, large rounds and large squares, $60-$70. Ground and delivered alfalfa, $130-$135.
East River area of South Dakota—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $6.50/bale; premium, large squares, $160-$185, small squares, $6/bale; good, large squares, $150-$165; fair, large rounds, $115-$125; utility, large squares, $100. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, no trade reported. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $150; good, large rounds, $110. Good grass, large rounds, $120/bale; fair, large rounds, $125. Millet hay, no trade reported. Wheat straw, large squares, $100-$115. Bean straw, no trade reported. Cornstalks, $40, $60 delivered on a short haul.
In Iowa, all class of hay sold firmer.
Rock Valley—Supreme alfalfa, small squares, $160, large rounds, $165; premium, large squares, $150, large rounds, $145-$152.50; good, large squares, $140, large rounds, $130-$140; fair, large rounds, $120-$125. Premium grass, large rounds, $175; good, large squares, $150, large rounds, $135-$145; fair, large rounds, $125-$132.50; utility, large rounds, $117.50-$120. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $160; good, large rounds, $130-$135; fair, large squares, $125. Oat hay, large rounds, $107.50. Rye hay, large rounds, $105. Millet hay, large rounds, $115. Straw, large rounds, $87.50-$105. Cornstalks, large squares, $57.50. 
In Minnesota, prices were generally steady.
Fair alfalfa, large rounds, $105. Premium grass, large rounds, $135-$145; good, large rounds, $105-$120; fair, large rounds, $85-$05. Premium alfalfa grass mix, large rounds, $130; good, large rounds, $80; fair, large rounds, $70. Cornstalks, large rounds, $28.
In Montana, hay prices sold fully steady. Hay market activity this week was mostly slow with limited sales.
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, large rounds, $120-$150, small squares, $130; utility, large rounds, NA, large squares, $110-$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—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $70; good/fair alfalfa, large squares, $120-$130. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Central/western Wyoming—Good alfalfa grass mix, large squares, $140, small squares, $135. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western Nebraska—Good alfalfa, large squares, $130-$140. Ground and delivered, $135. Good oats, large rounds, $125. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Western South Dakota—No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
In Colorado, prices were mostly steady. Activity and demand good in all classes. 
Northeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, small lot, small squares, $265-$300, small lot; premium, large squares, $160; good, large squares, $130-$140; good/fair, large squares, $125. Premium grass, large squares, $275, small lot, small squares, $315, small lot. Premium orchard grass, small ssquares, $305-$315, small lot. No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
Southeast—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180, small squares, $225. Premium grass, rounds bales, $170, small squares, $245, retail. Good triticale, large squares, $120. No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
San Luis Valley—Supreme alfalfa, large squares, $180-$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, small squares, $160. 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 movement remains slow, supplies are moderate, demand is light and prices are steady.
Supreme alfalfa, RFV 185 $170-$250; 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. Fair mixed grass hay, large rounds, $20-$35/bale. Good bromegrass, $100-$150; fair/good, $50-$80. Wheat straw, small squares, $3-$6/bale.
In Oklahoma, alfalfa trade mostly moderate. Movement mostly moderate. Demand was fairly good for lower end premium quality dairy hay and all grinding hay. Prices were fully steady.
Central—Premium alfalfa, large squares, $120-$130; good, large squares, $100-$110; fair/good, round bales, few large squares, $80-$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-$130; 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, $25-$40/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. 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, all hay classes traded fully steady on good demand. Plenty of hay available this year as most areas reported good crops. 
Panhandle/High Plains—Premium/supreme alfalfa, large squares, delivered, $180-$235, large rounds, 1200 lbs., delivered, $90/bale; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $160-$180, small bales delivered, $231-$288.75. Ground alfalfa, delivered to feedlots, $155, calf, $160-$165. Good/premium coastal bermuda, large rounds, delivered $130-$180. Wheat hay, large bales, delivered, $130. Wheat straw, small squares, $6.15/bale. Oat hay, large bales, delivered, $80. Bluestem, large bales, delivered, $95. Hay grazer, large bales, delivered, $85. Prairie hay, large bales, delivered, $125-$130.
Far west Texas/Trans Pecos—Premium/supreme alfalfa, small squares, delivered local or FOB, $250-$330, 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, $225-$240; good/premium, large squares, delivered, $210-$225. 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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold fully steady. 
Hay market activity this week continues to be slow with
light sales volume seen this week. Demand for Alfalfa 
was light to moderate this week. Warmer conditions
were seen this week which has helped with snow melt and
has re-exposed the ground across the eastern portions 
of the state. Demand for grass and alfalfa/grass mixed
hay was moderate to good as ranchers search for high
quality hay to wean calves with. Grass prices remain 
steady. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless 
otherwise noted. ***This report will not be released next
week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, next report will be
Friday Dec. 1st 2017***



                                              
  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
                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00 
                        Small Squares, 130.00
              Utility   Large rounds,  NA
                        Large squares, 110.00-120.00   

                
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

Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market

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

   Compared to last week:  Prices remain steady to firm for all
classes of hay.  Demand improved this week to good for all classes.
As calves have been moving into feedyards the demand for high quality
grass hay has increased.  There is also demand from Western SD for
lower quality alfalfa or grass hay that would be suitable for beef
cow rations.  Corn stalk baling was taking place this week, when the
conditions allowed it.  Frosty, damp, and overcast conditions have 
hampered progress of stalk baling.  All hay and straw sold by the ton
FOB, unless otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:  Supreme: Small Squares, 6.50 per bale (220.00 per ton).
Premium:  Large Squares, 160.00-185.00; Small Squares, 6.00 per bale.
Good:  Large Squares, 150.00-160.00. Fair:  Large Rounds, 110.00-135.00,
Large Squares, 110.00.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 95.00-100.00.

   Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets:  15 pct 170.00; 17 pct 175.00.  Alfalfa
Meal:  17 pct 180.00.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Premium: Large Squares, 150.00.  Good: Large
Squares, 125.00-130.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.

   Grass:  Good to Premium:  Large Rounds, 135.00.  Good:  Large
Squares, 125.00-130.00.  Large Rounds, 120.00. Fair: Large Rounds,
110.00-125.00.

   Wheat Straw:  Large Squares, 100.00.  

   Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 40.00-50.00, 60.00 Del on a short haul.
Large Rounds, in Northern SD 75.00.

California Hay Report

  Compared to last week: All classes traded steady with moderate demand.  
According to the November 13, 2017 NASS Crop Progress Report, Temperatures 
across the State last week were typical for the fall season. Along the northern 
coast, close to two inches of precipitation was reported. More precipitation is 
expected to fall in the coming week for parts of the State. Temperature highs 
were in the 50s to 60s in the mountains, 60s to 70s in the valley, 60s to 80s 
along the coast, and 70s to 80s in the desert. Temperature lows were in the 10s 
to 30s in the mountains, 20s to 50s in the desert, 30s to 40s in the valley, and 
30s to 50s along the coast. Early plantings of small grains had germinated and 
showed good emergence and growers continued to prepare more fields for fall 
planting of wheat, barley, and oats.  Alfalfa for hay production was finishing 
up with the last cuts of the season and growers windrowed, baled and stacked the 
hay. The fields received herbicide treatments. Corn, milo, and sorghum continued 
to be harvested for green chop. Silage corn grew well and harvesting was 
ongoing. Rice harvest neared completion. Cotton fields were defoliated and 
harvesting was in full swing. Black-eyed beans were being harvested and 
processed. Most summer crops have been harvested, and fields were being prepared 
for winter planting. Winter wheat was planted.  All hay is reported FOB the 
stack or barn unless otherwise noted. Regions are defined at bottom of report. 

***Next report release will be December 1, 2017 due to Thanksgiving Holiday***

Tons:  3760    Last Week:  1625    Last Year:  7121                            

Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Premium                 550  170.00-200.00  191.82     Retail/Stable     
  Orchard Grass                                                                
      Premium                  25  180.00-180.00  180.00     Retail/Stable     
  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         
      Good                     25  150.00-150.00  150.00     Retail/Stable     

Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Premium                  75  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     
  Orchard Grass                                                                
      Premium                  25  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Supreme                  75  299.00-299.00  299.00 Del Very High Testing 
      Premium                 150  270.00-270.00  270.00 Del Retail/Stable     
      Good                    405  235.00-245.00  241.79 Del                   
      Fair/Good                75  210.00-210.00  210.00 Del Weedy             
  Orchard Grass                                                                
      Premium                  25  270.00-270.00  270.00 Del Retail/Stable     
  Wheat                                                                        
      Good                    550  122.00-135.00  125.55 Del                   
  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         
      Good                     25  210.00-210.00  210.00 Del Retail/Stable     

Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley: No New Sales Confirmed.

Region 5: Central San Joaquin Valley: No New Sales Confirmed.

Region 6: Southeast California:                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
      Premium                 225  190.00-195.00  192.78                       
                              150  200.00-200.00  200.00     Export            
                              175  210.00-210.00  210.00     Retail/Stable     
      Good/Premium            380  175.00-175.00  175.00     Clippings         
      Good                    725  160.00-165.00  161.38                       
  Bermuda Grass                                                                
      Premium                 100  185.00-185.00  185.00                       

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.              

Weekly Texas Hay Report

  Compared to last report:  Most hay classes remained fully steady on 
moderate to good demand.  Instances of top quality Alfalfa delivered into 
West and North Texas were 10.00 higher mostly due to freight and quality.  
The hay being traded now is Alfalfa or Coastal Bermuda as other varieties 
have been contracted or sold out until next crop.  Livestock owners in 
the Panhandle were busy with supplemental feeding while owners in East 
and South Texas were only having to feed a little hay at this time.  
Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted. ***Report 
will not be released next week due to Thanksgiving holiday.  Report will 
resume Friday Dec 1st. ***

   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 180.00-235.00; 
  Good to Premium 160.00-180.00.
  Large Rounds (1200 lbs): Delivered: Premium to Supreme 90.00 
  Per bale. 
  Small Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 231.00-288.75, 7.00-
  8.75 per bale.       
   Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: 155.00, Calf 160.00-165.00. 
   Coastal Bermuda: Large Rounds: Delivered: Good to Premium 130.00- 
  180.00, 65.00-90.00 per bale.
   Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 130.00.
   Oat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00.
   Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 95.00.
   Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 85.00.
      
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 190.00-240.00; 
  Good to Premium 170.00-190.00.
  Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 170.00-220.00; 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 235.00-250.00;    
  Good to Premium 210.00-235.00.                           
   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 80.00-120.00, 40.00-60.00 
  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. 
  Grass Mix: Large Rounds: FOB: 80.00; 40.00 per roll.

Rock Valley Hay Auction

For Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Receipts:  71 loads    Last Week:  58 loads    Last Year:  66 loads    

   Compared to last week:   All classes sold firmer.  Prices dollars 
per ton, except where noted.  All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.  

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

   Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Squares, 1 load 185.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 170.00.  
Premium:  Large Squares, 1 load 155.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 147.50-
157.50.  Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 140.00-145.00; Large Rounds, 7 loads 
135.00-145.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 3 loads 137.50; Large Rounds, 3 loads 
127.50-132.50.  

   Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 142.50-145.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 
140.00-150.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 127.50-132.50.  Large Rounds, 13 
loads 125.00-135.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 115.00-122.50.  Utility: 
Large Rounds, 4 loads 95.00-110.00.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 142.50.

   Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 112.50.

   Rye Hay:  None.

   Millet Hay:  None.

   Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load, 97.50; Large Rounds, 1 load 110.00.

   Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 45.00-55.00.

Iowa Hay Summary

Week Ending  Friday November 17, 2017

For this week:  Hay prices  continued slightly higher.  Iowa farmers had desirable weather
 for field work this week as harvest started to wind down. Most producers spent time
tiling, applying fertilizer, and hauling grain.

D1-D4 drought conditions increased slightly from 5.96% the previous week to 6.70% this
week in southeastern Iowa. Looking forward to this coming week  highs are in the high
30's to low 40's and partly cloudy, with no snow showing in the forecast.

According to NASS  85% of corn has been harvested, one week behind average. Moisture
content of corn being harvested averaged 17%. 97% of the soybean crop has been
harvested, on pace with last year but 5 days behind average.

Alfalfa         Supreme Small Squares          240.00  -     260.00
                        Large Squares          200.00  -     210.00

                Premium Large Square           180.00  -     200.00

Alfalfa/Grass   Supreme Small Squares          235.00  -     265.00

                Premium Small Squares          190.00  -     230.00
                        Large Squares          170.00  -     180.00
                        Large Round            185.00  -     195.00

                Good    Large Square           130.00  -     175.00
                        Large Round            115.00  -     155.00

                Fair    Large Square           115.00  -     125.00
                        Large Round             75.00  -     110.00

                Utility Large Square            75.00  -      75.00

Grass           Premium Small Squares          220.00  -     270.00

                Good    Large Square           135.00  -     185.00

                Fair    Large Square           100.00        130.00
                        Large Round             75.00  -     100.00

                Utility Large Square            75.00  -      75.00   Wet

Corn Fodder             Large Square            75.00  -      75.00

Certified Organic Hay:

Alfalfa         Supreme Small Squares          240.00  -     240.00

Oregon Weekly Hay Report

                                                     

   Compared to Nov 10:  Prices trended generally steady in a limited test.  
Retail/Stable type hay remains the largest demanded hay.  Many hay producers 
have sold out for the year.  Recent showers and snow has hampered hay 
movement.

Tons:  3571    Last Week:  1774    Last Year:  4319                            

Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco Counties:                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  29  220.00-225.00  220.34     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                   2  245.00-245.00  245.00     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  95  225.00-250.00  231.00     Retail/Stable     

  Meadow Grass                                                                
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                  50  210.00-210.00  210.00     Retail/Stable     

Eastern Oregon:                                                                
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Small Square                                                               
      Good                     40  130.00-130.00  130.00                       

Harney County:                                                                 
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Good                     96  165.00-165.00  165.00                       

Klamath Basin:                                                                 
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Small Square                                                               
      Supreme                 154  210.00-225.00  219.74                       
      Premium/Supreme         100  200.00-200.00  200.00                       
      Premium                  25  175.00-175.00  175.00     Retail/Stable     

  Fescue Grass                                                                 
    Small Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             15  180.00-180.00  180.00     Retail/Stable     

Lake County:                                                                   
                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          
  Alfalfa                                                                      
    Large Square                                                               
      Premium                 918  200.00-215.00  201.11                       
    Small Square                                                               
      Premium                 850  200.00-200.00  200.00                       
                               24  240.00-240.00  240.00     Organic, Grassy            
                               53  265.00-265.00  265.00     Organic           
      Good/Premium             60  185.00-185.00  185.00                       

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          
    Small Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             30  185.00-185.00  185.00                       

  Timothy Grass                                                                
    Large Square                                                               
      Premium                 700  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Triticale                                                                    
    Large Square                                                               
      Good/Premium            200  110.00-110.00  110.00                       
                              100  140.00-140.00  140.00     Organic           

  Alfalfa/Triticale Mix                                                         
    Large Square                                                               
      Good/Premium             30  125.00-125.00  125.00                 

Washington-Oregon (Columbia Basin) Weekly Hay Report

Tons:  4635    Last Week:  6470    Last Year:  1500 

   Compared to last week, fair and supreme Alfalfa steady in a light test. 
Trade slow to moderate this week. Demand remains good for all grades of 
Alfalfa. Increased demand for feeder hay was noted this week also. 
Retail/Feedstore steady.  All prices are dollars per ton and FOB the farm 
or ranch unless otherwise stated. 

                     Tons      Price     Wtd Avg    Comments
  Alfalfa                                                              
    Mid Square                                                         
      Supreme         100  190.00-190.00  190.00     Tarped            
      Fair            750  135.00-135.00  135.00     Export            
                      250  140.00-140.00  140.00     Tarped            
      Utility        1800  120.00-120.00  120.00     Tarped            

  Alfalfa                                                              
    Small Square                                                       
      Premium         160  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     
      Good            175  215.00-215.00  215.00     Retail/Stable     
                     1100  180.00-180.00  180.00     Tarped            

  Wheat Straw                                                          
    Mid Square                                                         
      Good            300   58.00-58.00    58.00             

Idaho Weekly Hay Report

Tons:  1000    Last Week:  6300    Last Year:  4800 

   Compared to last week, Alfalfa steady. Trade very slow with good demand 
especially for higher testing Alfalfa to California interest. Retail/Feedstore 
not tested.  Prices are dollars per ton and FOB the farm or ranch unless 
otherwise stated. 
 
                   Tons      Price      Wtd Avg    Comments
  Alfalfa                                                                  
    Mid Square                                                             
      Utility      1000  100.00-100.00  100.00     Weedy  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oklahoma Hay Market Report

Alfalfa trade and movement light to mostly moderate. Movement mostly 
moderate. Demand was fairly good for Premium quality dairy hay, bunk, dry cow 
and grinding hay. Prices fully steady. Demand for wheat hay, wheat straw and 
better quality grass hay fair to moderate. Wheat pasture conditions lagging 
behind average and most areas in need of rains for pasture development. 

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 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 80.00-100.00. 

Eastern Oklahoma: Premium quality large square bales 120.00-130.00. 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 40.00-50.00. Mixed grass 4 X 5 round bales 
20.00-40.00 per bale. 

Western Oklahoma: Good quality wheat hay 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 25.00-40.00 per 
bale. Small square bales good mixed grass or Bermuda 4.00-6.00 per bale.

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady.  Activity and demand good 
in all classes.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition report for the 
week ending November 12, 2017 states that A reporter in the northwest district 
observed that snow cover was quickly beginning to increase.  Pasture and Range 
conditions were rated 2 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 8 
percent excellent.  Alfalfa crop progress for fourth cutting was rated at 90 
percent complete.  Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 7 
percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.  The USDA NRCS 
National Water and Climate Center’s Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update 
Report for Thursday, November 16, 2017 has the Gunnison River Basin Snow Water 
Equivalent at 37%, the Upper Colorado River basin at 58%, the South Platte River 
Basin at 85%, the Laramie and North Platte River Basins at 92%, the Yampa and 
White River Basins at 81%, the Arkansas River Basin at 55%, the Upper Rio Grande 
Basin at 40% and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River Basins at 
26% as a percent of the median of all SNOTEL sites in each basin compared to 
previous years.  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 180.00, 200.00, small lot; Premium 160.00; Good 
130.00-140.00; Good/Fair 125.00. 
   Small Squares: Supreme 265.00-300.00 (8.00-8.50 per bale), small lot.
  Grass
   Large Squares: Premium 275.00, small lot
   Small Squares: Premium 315.00 (9.00 per bale), small lot.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 305.00-315.00 (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.
   Small Squares: Supreme 225.00 (6.75 per bale).
  Grass
   Round Bales: Premium 170.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (6.50 per bale), retail.
  Triticale
   Large Squares: Good 120.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00-190.00; 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; Premium 160.00 (5.00 
per bale).
  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.