Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Dec 07, 2017    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were steady.  Activity light and demand good in 
all classes.  The USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center�s Colorado SNOTEL 
Snow/Precipitation Update Report for Thursday, December 07, 2017 has the 
Gunnison River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 45%, the Upper Colorado River 
basin at 64%, the South Platte River Basin at 81%, the Laramie and North Platte 
River Basins at 87%, the Yampa and White River Basins at 75%, the Arkansas River 
Basin at 63%, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 40% and the San Miguel, Dolores, 
Animas and San Juan River Basins at 26% 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; Good 212.00, small lot. 
   Small Squares: Premium 289.00 (8.25 per bale).
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 310.00-341.00 (9.00-9.75 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.
   Large Squares: Premium 245.00. 

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Supreme 220.00-230.00 (6.75-7.00 per bale); Good 190.00 (6.00   
   per bale).
   Small Squares: Premium 253.00 (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.
   Small Squares: Premium 289.00 (13.00 per bale).
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   Small Squares: Good 180.00.  
   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
         Jonathan Gittlein, Market Reporter

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