Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Jun 7, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand moderate.  In northern 
Colorado, green chop on first cutting hay is in full swing.  Growers are readily 
moving first cutting hay with little resistance to price from buyers.  Growers 
in the Lower Arkansas Valley are predominately putting 1st cutting hay up in 
small squares.  A few growers in the San Luis Valley and Southwest Colorado 
Areas have 1st cutting down and should be in full swing by this weekend to early 
next week.  According to the U.S Drought Monitor for June 5, 2018, 75.31 percent 
of the state falls in a D0-D4 Drought Category compared to 6.16 percent a year 
ago.  Of those percentages, 50.80 percent falls into the D2-D4 categories.  The 
NASS Colorado Crop progress report for week ending June 3, 2018, stored feed 
supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 18 percent short, 74 percent adequate, 
and 1 percent surplus.  1st cutting Alfalfa hay progress is at 17 percent.  
Pasture and range conditions percentages are 16 percent Very Poor, 24 percent 
Poor, 24 percent Fair, 30 percent Good, and 6 percent Excellent.  Corn, potato, 
spring wheat and sugar beet crop planting are near completion.  The next 
available report will be Thursday, June 14, 2018.  All prices reported are FOB 
at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.  
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado 
Department of Agriculture website:

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Fair/Good 150.00; Utility 130.00.
   Mid Squares: Good 285.00, Retail/Stable; Weedy 235.00 Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Good 250.00 (7.50 per bale), Retail/Stable; Tarped 265.00 
(8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Rounds: Utility/Fair 140.00, Rain Damage Delivered.
  Orchard/Brome Grass Mix
   Small Squares: Premium 370.00 (12.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Good 160.00, Delivered.
   Mid Squares: Premium 285.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Good 250.00-285.00 (7.50-8.50 per bale), Retail/Stable; Tarped 
265.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Mid Squares: Premium 220.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 240.00-245.00 (7.80-8.00 per bale); Good 240.00-250.00 
(6.50-7.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

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

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

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 300.00 (7.75 per bale), Old Crop; Utility 100.00, Old 
   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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