Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu May 28, 2020    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity and demand light.  Spot market 
activity on feedlot and dairy hay inactive as they continue receiving 
previously contracted hay.  Northeast Colorado began harvesting alfalfa 
for haylage.  Drought conditions continue in southwest Colorado.  
Southeast Colorado is currently harvesting 1st cutting alfalfa and 
triticale for hay.  Drought conditions in that region persist with some 
relief this past week.  Hay movement in the San Luis Valley continues to 
be on previously contracted hay.  Conditions very dry and windy.  
Producers in the Mountains and Northwest Colorado regions concerned how 
the recent lack of moisture will impact yields on meadow grass.  
According to the U.S Drought Monitor�s High Plains Summary released May 
26, 2020, as several slow-moving low pressure systems crossed the region 
this week and weekend, areas of rain and thunderstorms were common, 
excluding northeast South Dakota, eastern North Dakota, and parts of the 
southeast Colorado high plains.   Rain from a cluster of thunderstorms on 
Thursday in southwest Kansas prevented conditions from worsening there, 
though southwest Kansas and adjacent eastern Colorado remain very dry, 
and moderate, severe, and extreme drought persisted across parts of these 
areas. Extreme drought lessened in coverage in part of eastern Colorado 
due to recent rainfall and lessened short-term precipitation deficits.  
According to the NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report for week ending May 
24, 2020, 1st cutting harvested alfalfa hay is at 11 percent with crop 
condition percentages for alfalfa hay rated 5 percent Very Poor, 10 
percent Poor, 26 percent Fair, 50 percent Good and 9 percent Excellent.  
Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 18 percent short, 
75 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  The next available report 
will be Thursday, June 4, 2020.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack 
or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.  If you 
have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado 
Department of Agriculture website:

Northeast Colorado Areas
          Rounds: Premium 220.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 335.00 (10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Areas
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares
       3-tie 90#: Premium 310.00 (14.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 270.00 (7.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Northeast: Weld, Washington, Morgan, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln, Elbert, 
Adams, Sedgwick, Yuma, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas, Kit Carson, Phillips, 
Logan, Boulder, Arapahoe, and El Paso.
Southeast: Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Otero, Prowers, 
Crowley, and Pueblo.
San Luis Valley: Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and 
Southwest: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, 
San Juan, Hinsdale, Archuleta, and La Plata.
Mountains and Northwest: Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, 
Gunnison, Teller, Grand, Chaffee, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit, 
Lake, and Eagle.

   Contracts are not indicative to other regions of the state and do not 
pertain to the cash market.  The term "Season" Means that as long as the 
hay meets the contract requirements the buyer takes delivery on every 
cutting in that particular year.  All contracts are marketed on a per ton 
basis. Prices figured on a per ton basis or a per point basis (.xx times 
the RFV).  
   * - When priced on a per point basis.
   * - NEL basis for corn silage

   Haylage is based on 88 percent dry matter.  Haylage formula most often 
used (Haylage wet ton x percent dry matter/88 percent = 12 percent baled 
hay).  Haylage to be cut on an approximate 28 to 32 day cutting rotation.  
Quoted standing in the field.  

   Corn Silage 30-32 percent dry matter.  Based at .70 to .72 net energy 
for lactation (NEL).  Silage can be quoted standing in the field or 
delivered to the pit. ** All information is a basis for every contract 
and applies unless otherwise stated**

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct 
Quality       ADF      NDF       RFV       TDN-100 pct   TDN-90 pct 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 WI/MN formula.  TDN calculated using the 
western formula.  Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors 
can affect feeding value.  Values based on 100 percent dry matter.  
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding 
value.  Values based on 100 percent dry matter.  End usage may influence 
hay price or value more than testing results. 

   Grass Hay guidelines
Quality       Crude Protein Percent 
Premium            Over 13
Good                  9-13
Fair                   5-9
Utility            Under 5

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Heath Dewey, Market Reporter

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