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USDA-GL: Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)

Greeley, CO - Thu Nov 30, 2017 - USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were slightly higher.  Activity light and 
demand good in all classes.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition 
report for the week ending November 26, 2017 states that another week of warm 
and dry weather pushed crop harvest to near completion, according to the 
Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 
USDA.  Pasture and Range conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 15 percent 
poor, 25 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.  Stored feed 
supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 85 percent adequate, 
and 11 percent surplus.  The USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s 
Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update Report for Thursday, November 30, 2017 
has the Gunnison River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 45%, the Upper Colorado 
River basin at 68%, the South Platte River Basin at 84%, the Laramie and North 
Platte River Basins at 87%, the Yampa and White River Basins at 75%, the 
Arkansas River Basin at 62%, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 42% and the San 
Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River Basins at 29% as a percent of the 
median of all SNOTEL sites in each basin compared to previous years.  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
   Large Squares: Premium 245.00, small lot; Good 212.00, small lot. 
   Small Squares: Premium 275.00-295.00 (8.25-8.50 per bale), small lot.
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00-335.00 (9.00-9.75 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Supreme 220.00-230.00 (6.75-7.00 per bale).
   Small Squares: Premium 253.00-262.00 (6.75 per bale), retail.
   Large Squares: Good 120.00.
  Sorghum Sudan
   Round Bales: Good 75.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00 (7.00 per bale).
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 265.00 (8.00 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   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 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 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
         Lindsay Brunet, Market Reporter

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