Nebraska/Iowa Weekly Hay Summary (Fri)
Kearney, NE    Thu Nov 08, 2018    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending November 09, 2018

  Compared to last week alfalfa and grass hay sold steady. Ground and 
delivered products steady to 10.00 higher and dehy pellets sold steady to 
5.00 higher.  Buyer inquiry and demand picked up in most areas of the 
state. Snow in some areas of the state with roughly 5-12 inches from 
Holdrege to Trenton fell on Thursday with other areas of the state 
receiving zero to 2 inches of accumulation. Quite a few reports that 
cornstalk bales are a lot cleaner with less inert matter than previous 
years. This may change after the recent snow that will mat stalks to the 
ground. Farmers still busy with harvest across the state. Noting a lot of 
corn and soybeans are bagged at the edge of the field this year. Some hay 
producers still trying to finish up with cane and millet hay. All sales 
are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good large squares 180.00; Fair large squares 155.00. Good large 
rounds 90.00-105.00, 125.00-140.00 delivered; Fair large rounds 80.00.  
Grass Hay: Premium large rounds 100.00-105.00.  Good large rounds 85.00-
90.00; Fair large rounds 65.00-75.00.  Premium small square bales 160.00-
170.00.  Straw in round and large square bales 65.00.  Cornstalk bales 
52.50-60.00; soybean stubble 47.50. Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent 
protein 230.00-240.00.

Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Good round bales 105.00-115.00, some at 125.00. Cornstalk bales 
60.00-65.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 140.00-145.00.  Ground and 
delivered alfalfa-stubble mix 130.00-135.00.  Ground and delivered 
cornstalks 95.00-100.00.  Dehy Alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 220.00. 

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 170.00-180.00; Good large squares 150.00-
160.00; Good large rounds 130.00-145.00. Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Good to 
Premium large squares 180.00-200.00. Oat hay in large squares 125.00. 
Ground and delivered alfalfa 150.00-155.00.  	
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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