Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Sep 13, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand moderate.  Corn sileage is 
getting harvested in the northeast and southeast Colorado areas.  Producers in 
the San Luis Valley are starting to bring potatoes out of the field, limiting 
hay trade with 3rd cutting to start late next week.  In southeast Colorado 
areas, recent rainfall has improved quality potential for 4th cutting.  
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor�s High Plains Drought Summary for 
September 11, 2018, generally little or no precipitation fell across the western 
High Plains while light rains (0.5-1 inch) fell on parts of North Dakota, 
southeastern South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, most of Kansas, and central 
Colorado.  According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress report for week ending 
September 9, 2018, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 16 
percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  3rd cutting alfalfa 
progress is at 74 percent, 4th cutting 13 percent.  Pasture and range conditions 
percentages are 22 percent Very Poor, 23 percent Poor, 22 percent Fair, 31 
percent Good, and 2 percent Excellent.  The next available report will be 
Thursday, September 20, 2018.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn 
unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.  If you have hay for 
sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado Department of Agriculture 

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Mid Squares: Supreme 245.00.
   Small Squares: Supreme 285.00-310.00 (8.50-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Rounds: Supreme 225.00, Retail/Stable.
   Rounds: Premium 225.00, Retail/Stable.
   Mid Squares: Premium 320.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 355.00-370.00 (9.75-12.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 350.00 (10.50 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   Large Squares: Premium/Supreme 245.00; Utility/Fair 170.00-180.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares:  Premium 340.00-365.00 (11.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Good 200.00-230.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 355.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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