Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 11, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, trade activity light on moderate demand.  Activity 
light on Large Squares due to weather.  Bulk of trade activity still on small 
squares going to horse markets.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor�s High 
Plains Drought Summary for October 9, 2018, looking westward, areas of moderate 
precipitation were observed in Colorado and Wyoming, most notably in western 
Colorado (1.5 to locally 3.5 inches). The precipitation was beneficial in the 
Upper Colorado River Basin and in southeastern Colorado, where a good hydrologic 
response to the precipitation was observed. Dry soils were recharged somewhat, 
and streamflow�s notably increase. The large, intractable areas of extreme to 
exceptional drought remain entrenched, but a few areas showed mild improvement, 
and this is reflected in parts of the D3 to D4 areas in the Drought Monitor. 
Adjacent D0 to D2 areas, where dryness is less protracted and intense, showed a 
bit more recovery.  The next available report will be Thursday, October 18, 
2018.  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
   Mid Squares: Supreme 240.00-300.00, Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Supreme 310.00 (9.25-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
                  Good/Premium 290.00 (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Small Squares: Premium 340.00-350.00 (9.75-10.00 per bale), Retail/Stable
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Good 260.00 (8.45 per bale);
                  Good 290.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   Small Squares: Premium 435.00 (12.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Premium 255.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 330.00-360.00 (9.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   Large Squares: Good 250.00, DEL.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Premium 295 FOB (8.00 per bale), Retail/Stable.
   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
         Heath Dewey, Market Reporter

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