Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Oct 11, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending October 12, 2018

  Compared to last week alfalfa sold fully steady with grass hay selling 
steady. Ground and delivered products and dehy pellets sold steady. 
Demand picked up a tick in some areas of the state as cold rain and snow 
made its way in some areas of the state reminding livestock owners they 
may need to procure some additional feed this fall. Some producers have 
4th cutting on the ground and are hoping next week�s sunshine will aid in 
the drying down process so it can be baled. There is quite a lot of cane 
or millet to be mowed and baled across the state. Most farmers have been 
shut down with harvest due to dam or wet conditions the last week. All 
sales are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 176.00; Fair large squares 140.00. Premium 
large rounds 115.00-125.00; Good large rounds 84.00-100.00. Grass Hay: 
Premium large rounds 100.00. Good large rounds 85.00-90.00; Fair large 
rounds 65.00-75.00. Premium small square bales 160.00-170.00. Brome in 
large round bales 90.00-100.00 per bale. Cane in large round bales 70.00. 
Straw large squares 65.00, rounds 60.00-75.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 
percent protein 230.00-240.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 100.00-105.00, few 110.00. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 130.00-135.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa-cornstalk 
mix 125.00-130.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 85.00-95.00. Cane in 
large rounds 80.00. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 215.00-
220.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 200.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 170.00; Good large squares 130.00-150.00; 
Good large rounds 130.00-135.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Good large 
squares 150.00; Premium large rounds 130.00. Grass Hay: Good large rounds 
125.00-130.00. Straw in large square bales 80.00-85.00. Ground and 
delivered alfalfa 150.00-155.00 some loads at 185.00.
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 Reporter (308) 390-5399

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