Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Dec 07, 2017    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending December 08, 2017

  Compared to last week alfalfa and grass hay sold steady. Dehy alfalfa 
pellets sold steady. Ground and delivered forages sold steady. Demand is 
good for all forages as dry weather continues and many buyers are 
procuring some additional feed resources. Many farmers continue to bale 
cornstalks and there are a lot of cornstalk bales across most of the 
state. There is still quite a lot of bales of all of other forages 
available for sale.  All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay 
barn, unless otherwise noted.

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 225.00; Good and premium large square 
bales 150.00-180.00. Premium small square bales 6.00-6.50 per bale;
Good large round 85.00-90.00. Grass Hay:  Premium large round bales 
85.00-90.00, few at 95.00; Good large round bales 80.00-85.00; fair large 
rounds 60.00-70.00. Premium small square bales of prairie hay 150.00. 
Cornstalk bales 50.00-55.00. Soybean stubble round bales 45.00. Ground 
and delivered alfalfa 115.00.  Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 
195.00-220.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 190.00, 17 
percent protein 195.00. 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large round bales 85.00-90.00, few at 95.00. Grass Hay: 
Large round bales 90.00-100.00; fair large round bales 55.00-60.00. Cane 
Hay large round bales 65.00-70.00. Oat hay in large round bales 85.00. 
Cornstalk bales 50.00-60.00. Bean stubble bales 55.00. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 120.00-130.00. Alfalfa/Stover mix 115.00, Ground and 
delivered cornstalks 85.00-100.00. Dehy pellets 17 percent protein 
185.00-200.00. Sun-Cured Alfalfa pellets 15 percent protien 170.00. 

Panhandle of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large square bales 160.00-180.00; Good large square 
bales 120.00-140.00. Alfalfa/Orchard grass: Good to Premium large square 
bales 140.00-150.00. Orchard Grass: Premium large square bales 145.00.  
Grass hay: Large round bales 125.00 delivered. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa 130.00-135.00. 

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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