Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Aug 09, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending August 10, 2018

  Compared to last week alfalfa, grass hay, ground and delivered and dehy 
pellets sold steady. Demand for dehy pellets and grinding type hay was good 
with light demand for other types of hay. Many producers continue to 
struggle putting up alfalfa and grass hay as Mother Nature continues to 
throw curve balls on a daily basis. Very limited warm and sunshiny days the 
last couple of months has made haying somewhat unenjoyable for some 
producers. There are acers of native meadows that still have a lot of 
standing water on them and producers can�t get into them for hay 
productions.  Every week several comments are �hopefully it will be dry 
enough to hay next week�.  If the hay producers can make hay when the sun 
shines there will be a lot of tonnage available for fall delivery. With the 
summer rains there has been a lot of summer hail storms across a large part 
of the state. There have been some complete losses of row crops, hay fields 
and pastures in some areas. Most producers have started on third cutting and 
are hoping they can get it put up without additional moisture after cutting.  
All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Fair large squares 140.00. Good large rounds 100.00-120.00 
delivered.  Grass Hay: Good large squares 150.00 delivered; Good large 
rounds 90.00-110.00. Premium small square bales 160.00-170.00. Cornstalk 
bales 45.00 delivered. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 230.00-240.00

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium round bales 110.00; Good round bales 100.00-105.00. Ground 
and delivered alfalfa 130.00-140.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-cornstalk 
mix 125.00-130.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 90.00-115.00. Dehy 
Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 210.00-220.00.

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 150.00-160.00; Fair to good large squares 
130.00-140.00; Utility large squares 95.00.  Good round bales 150.00. Straw 
in large square bales 80.00-85.00.  Ground and delivered alfalfa 155.00-
185.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 230.00. 
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
         than 10% grass)

 Quality     ADF     NDF      *RFV     **TDN-100%   **TDN-90%     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 Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
   Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 
90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
Sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines

         Quality            Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5
  Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence 
hay price or value more than testing results.
Hay Quality Designations physical descriptions:

Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra 
	   leafy.  Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. 
         Hay is excellent color and free of damage.

Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
         grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative 
         of a high nutritive content.  Hay is green and free of   

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and free of damage other than slight discoloration.
Fair:    Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in 
         grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally 
         coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.

Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in 
         Legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This 
         Category could include hay discounted due to excessive 
         damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will be 
         identified in market reports when using this category.

Source:  USDA NE Dept of Ag Market News Service, Kearney, NE 
         Thomas Walthers, OIC Market Reporter (308) 390-5399

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