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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   07/09 13:46
Kearney, NE    Thu Ju1 09, 2020    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending July 10, 2020

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  Compared to last week, alfalfa sold steady. Ground and delivered hay 
sold steady to 10.00 higher. Some contacts have had a few calls others 
said the phone has been quiet. Some producers are on second cutting of 
alfalfa. Some grass hay producers have been across some hay meadows they 
have not hayed in a couple of years. Rains have been very spotty across 
the state. Most areas could use a nice general rain especially on dryland 
crops and pastures.  Note: All sales are dollars per ton FOB the field 
or hay barn, unless otherwise noted. 

Eastern/Central Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 175.00-210.00, Good large squares 150.00-
155.00; Good large rounds 90.00-120.00. Brome mix: Good small squares 
5.00-6.00 per bale. Prairie Hay: New crop: Premium large rounds 100.00.  
Straw: Large squares 65.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent 310.00. Sun-
cured pellets 15 percent 285.00. 
Platte Valley area of Nebraska
Alfalfa: Cane in large rounds 75.00. Cornstalks bales 40.00-45.00. Ground 
and delivered alfalfa 115.00-130.00. Ground and delivered 
alfalfa/cornstalk mix 95.00-110.00. Ground and delivered cornstalks 
60.00. Dehy alfalfa pellets 17 percent protein 280.00-285.00.  

Western Nebraska
Alfalfa: Premium large squares 180.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 

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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