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08-08-13 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 8, 2013

Greeley, CO    Thu Aug 08, 2013    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

  Compared to last week: Prices remain mostly steady to weak, on very light 
demand.  Scattered rain showers were reported across most of the state as we 
continue to receive monsoonal type weather from the south.  Large hail and 
severe thunderstorms in Weld County caused extensive damage to a variety of 
crops throughout the area.  The rain has pushed back the progress of second 
cutting and caused decreased quality throughout the state, with numerous growers 
reporting rain damaged or streaked hay.  Late season rains have improved drought 
conditions in the Southeast, the Southwest, and the North Central regions of the 
state according to the US Drought Monitor.          
  If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado 
Department of Agriculture website:  All prices 
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots 
of hay from the most recent sales.  

Northeast Colorado Areas 
  Large Squares: Premium 240.00-250.00; Good 215.00-220.00, 225.00-235.00 del; 
Fair 200.00-210.00.
  Ground and Delivered: Good 250.00-255.00.
  Standing in the Field: Premium 170.00; Good 150.00.
  Small Squares: Premium 300.00-350.00 (10.00-12.00 per bale).
  Large Squares: Premium 350.00.
  Grass/Alfalfa Mix
  Small Squares: Premium 250.00-275.00. 
  Large Squares: 90.00-100.00.
  No reported quotes for other classes of hay.
Southeast Colorado Areas 
  Small Squares: Premium 250.00-275.00, instances of 300.00 (8.00-10.00 per 
  Alfalfa/Hay Grazer Mix
  Large Squares: Premium 255.00.
  No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area 
  Large Squares: Premium 230.00-240.00; Fair 210.00.
  Winter Rye
  Large Squares: Good 170.00.
  Large Squares: Good 180.00-200.00.
  No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas 
  Large Squares: Supreme 250.00-260.00, instances 275.00-300.00. 
  Small Squares: Premium 250.00-300.00 (8.00-10.00 per bale).
  No reported quotes from other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas 
  Large Squares: Premium 250.00-300.00; Fair to Good 200.00-215.00.
  Small Squares: Premium 300.00-350.00 (8.00-10.00 per bale).
  No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Contracted Hay, Haylage, and Corn Silage
  Northeast Colorado Areas
    Fob/  Total            Hay        Bale        RFV/DM/
    Del    Price    Tons    Type      Size          NEL
No reported contract quotes.
  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 grass)
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 pct dry matter. 

Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding 
value.  Values based on 100 pct 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
        Tess Norvell 970-353-9750

1030M  tmn

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