Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Aug 15, 2019    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending Aug 16, 2019

  Compared to last week all reported forages sold steady. Buyer inquiry 
was light. Most areas of the state are in good shape for moisture but 
some areas across the state are in need of some moisture. Most cuttings 
of alfalfa are roughly three weeks behind a �normal� year. High humidity 
continues to plaque most of the state as it takes a long time for hay to 
dry down to be baled. Note: �All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field 
or hay barn, unless otherwise noted.�

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 180.00.  Prairie Hay: Good large rounds 
100.00, few at 110.00. Premium small squares 165.00-170.00. Brome mix 
hay: Good large rounds 90.00-100.00. Good small squares 5.50 per bale.  
Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 330.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 
percent protein 300.00. 
Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium small square bales 7.00-8.00 per bale. Good large rounds 
110.00-120.00; Fair large rounds 100.00 delivered. Prairie Hay: Premium 
large round bales 115.00. Oat hay in large round bales 80.00-85.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-
stubble mix 125.00-135.00. Oat/cane mix ground and delivered 115.00. 
Ground and delivered corn stalks 100.00-110.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 
percent protein 270.00-275.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 175.00-180.00; Good large squares 
135.00-160.00; Fair large rounds 100.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 
158.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 250.00-255.00
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 (308) 390-5399

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