Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Oct 12, 2017    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending October 13, 2017

    Compared to last week alfalfa and grass hay sold unevenly steady. 
Ground and delivered hay steady. Dehy pellets sold mostly steady to 2.00 
lower. On the most part, demand was light to moderate in most areas of 
the state. Many places are plagued with very wet soil and are having a 
hard time moving hay especially if it is in the field. Some talk of 
cutting fourth and fifth cutting alfalfa in areas that didn�t receive a 
frost this week. Many farmers just started up again with fall harvest of 
soybeans, high moisture corn. Several feedlots continue to chop silage 
and are starting on earilage.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the 
field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 160.00; Premium large square bales 
140.00-150.00. Premium small square bales 190.00. Grass Hay: Good large 
round bales 80.00-85.00, Brome grass in large round bales 75.00 per bale. 
Premium small square bales of prairie hay 150.00. Premium small square 
bales of brome 6.00 per bale.  Oat hay in large round bales 100.00. Rye 
straw in large round bales 75.00. Cane hay in large round bales 50.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 110.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent 
protein 195.00-210.00.  

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 80.00-87.50, fair to good large round bales 
75.00.  Ground and delivered alfalfa 120.00-125.00. Alfalfa/Stover mix 
110.00, Ground and delivered cornstalks 90.00-95.00. Dehy pellets 17 
percent protein 185.00. 

Panhandle of Nebraska
Alfalfa:  Premium large square bales 160.00; Good large square bales 135.00-
142.50; Fair large square bales 120.00. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: Good large 
square bales 130.00. Orchard grass: Premium large square bales 140.00-
150.00. Oat hay in large square bales 100.00.  Straw: Large round bales or 
large square bales 60.00-70.00. 

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 % dy 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 
         Tom Walthers, OIC Market Reporter (308) 390-5399

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