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USDA IA & NE Hay                                   07/24 11:05
Kearney, NE    Thu Jul 24, 2014    USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News

Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending Jul 25, 2014
   Compared to last week, dairy quality alfalfa in large square bales 
sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. All other alfalfa and grass hay sold 
steady on a very light test. Dehy pellets sold steady to 10.00 lower in 
the eastern part of the state and steady in the Platte Valley. All ground 
and delivered hay sold steady.  Demand was light.  All sales are dollars 
per ton FOB (freight on buyer) stack in medium to large square bales and 
rounds, unless otherwise noted. Prices from the most recent reported 

Northeast/Central Nebraska: Alfalfa: Premium large squares 220.00-245.00; 
Good large squares 180.00-200.00. Grass: Premium large squares 160.00; 
Good large squares 110.00-135.00. Small squares 170.00. Good large rounds 
100.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 300.00-315.00; meal 

Platte Valley area of Nebraska: Alfalfa: Fair to good large rounds 
100.00. Ground and delivered alfalfa 145.00, blended alfalfa product 
120.00-135.00. Ground and delivered corn stalks 90.00-115.00. Dehydrated 
alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets 285.00; meal 292.00. 

IOWA: South Central/North Central IA: 
Very limited hay movement this week. Warmer and dryer temperatures this 
week has enabled producers to put good or better hay in the barns.  

Alfalfa: Good small squares 200.00-240.00 delivered; Good large squares 
200.00; utility to fair large squares 115.00 delivered. 

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 damage.
Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes
         and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stwhed,
         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 
         Tom Walthers, Market Reporter (308) 390-5399
         24 Hour Recorded Market Reports - (620) 369-9311

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