Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report
Greeley, CO    Thu Dec 07, 2017    USDA- CO Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Western South Dakota Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady with demand light in all 
regions.  Producers indicate movement of hay throughout Wyoming, but little to 
no movement in South Dakota.  The USDA Wyoming NRCS Monday Morning Snow Report 
for December 06, 2017 has the Snake River Basin Snow Water Equivalent at 148%, 
the Madison River basin at 129%, the Yellowstone Basin at 173%, the Wind River 
Basin at 155%, the Bighorn Basin at 134, the Shoshone River Basin at 180%, the 
Powder Basin at 130%, the Tongue Basin at 86%, the Belle Fourche Basin at 111%, 
the Cheyenne Basin at 117%, the Upper North Platte Basin at 87%, the Sweetwater 
Basin at 109%, the Lower North Platte Basin at 75%, the Laramie Basin at 106%, 
the South Platte Basin at 96%, the Little Snake River Basin at 79%, the Upper 
Green Basin at 138%, the Lower Green Basin at 91%, and the Upper Bear Basin at 
85% as a percent of the median of all SNOTEL sites in each basin.  According to 
the United States Drought Monitor, in the High Plains, conditions were very dry 
this week, and temperatures were well above normal across the entire region.  
Moreover, the lack of snow cover and warm temperatures have raised concern in 
relation to the condition of the winter wheat crop.  All prices dollars per ton 
FOB stack in large square bales and rounds, unless otherwise noted. Most horse 
hay sold in small squares. Prices are from the most recent reported sales. 

Eastern Wyoming 
   Large Squares: Supreme 200.00 DEL.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Central and Western Wyoming
  Alfalfa/Grass Mix
   Large Squares: Utility 85.00.
  Native Grass
   Large Squares: Good 75.00.
  Forage Oats
   Large Squares: Good 75.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay. 

Western Nebraska
   Large Squares: Good 135.00.
   Ground and Delivered: 135.00.
  Wheat Straw
   Large Squares: Good 60.00.
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Western South Dakota
   No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Alfalfa hay guidelines, used with visual appearance and intent of sale:
            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 percent dry matter.

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Jonathan Gittlein, Market Reporter
         970-353-9750 Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov

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