Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
GL_GR310    
Greeley, CO    Thu Mar 14, 2019    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity light on moderate demand.  According to 
the U.S. Drought Monitor�s High Plains summary for March 12, 2019, most areas of 
the High Plains were free of drought or saw little change in current status, the 
exception being Colorado, where heavy snow continued to build snowpack but also 
caused avalanches. With well-above average precipitation in February and 
adequate precipitation in March to date, improvements were made across the 
Yampa/White Basin. The Gunnison Basin, already well past its normal seasonal 
peak, received an additional 2-4 inches of precipitation over the last week. 
Severe drought (D2) improved to moderate (D1) over the San Juan Basin east 
through the San Luis Valley, where the San Juans have received well-above-
average precipitation and basin-wide snowpack is already past the normal 
seasonal peak. USDA NRCS Colorado SNOTEL River Basin Index percentages for 
Thursday, March 14, 2019:  Gunnison 156, Upper Colorado 141, South Platte 136, 
Laramie and North Platte 129, Yampa and White 128, Arkansas 154, Upper Rio 
Grande 154, and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan 159.  The next 
available report will be Thursday, March 21, 2019.  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 Rounds: Supreme 245.00, Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
  Alfalfa
     Mid Squares: Premium 240.00, Retail/Stable.
  Grass
     Mid Squares: Premium 350.00, Retail/Stable.
  Haygrazer
     Mid Squares: Good 180.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
  Alfalfa
   Large Squares: Supreme 245.00.
  Alfalfa/Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
  Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00 (8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Northeast: Weld, Washington, Morgan, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln, Elbert, 
Adams, Sedgwick, Yuma, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas, Kit Carson, Phillips, 
Logan, Boulder, Arapahoe, and El Paso.
Southeast: Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Otero, Prowers, 
Crowley, and Pueblo.
San Luis Valley: Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and 
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.

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

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

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

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality       ADF      NDF       RFV       TDN-100 pct   TDN-90 pct CP
Supreme       <27      <34      >185         >62          >55.9     >22
Premium      27-29    34-36    170-185    60.5-62        54.5-55.9  20-22
Good         29-32    36-40    150-170      58-60        52.5-54.5  18-20
Fair         32-35    40-44    130-150      56-58        50.5-52.5  16-18
Utility       >35      >44      <130         <56          <50.5     <16

   RFV calculated using the WI/MN formula.  TDN calculated using the western 
formula.  Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect 
feeding value.  Values based on 100 percent dry matter.  Quantitative factors 
are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.  Values based on 100 
percent dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price or value more than 
testing results. 

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

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Heath Dewey, Market Reporter
         970-353-9750 Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR310.txt
         http://marketnews.usda.gov/portal/lg

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