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Western hay price report

California has 650,000 acres for 2018 versus 660,000 acres for 2017 of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures area harvested with the same yield for both years at 6.80 tons per acre.

Published on October 12, 2018 1:36PM


Hay prices are dollars per ton or dollars per bale when sold to retail outlets. Basis is current delivery FOB barn or stack, or delivered customer as indicated. Grade guidelines used in this report have the following relationship to Relative Feed Value (RFV), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients), or Crude Protein (CP) test numbers:

Grade RFV ADF TDN CP

Supreme 185+ <27 55.9+ 22+

Premium 170-185 27-29 54.5-55.9 20-22

Good 150-170 29-32 52.5-54.5 18-20

Fair 130-150 32-35 50.5-52.5 16-18

Utility <130 36+ <50.5 <16

WASHINGTON-OREGON HAY

(Columbia Basin)

(USDA Market News)

Oct. 12

This week FOB Last week Last year

2600 tons 5070 8500

Compared to Oct. 5: Domestic and export 3rd, 4th and 5th cutting Alfalfa steady in a light test. Trade slow to moderate with light demand from exporters, more interest was shown from dairies this week. Most exporters reported they were off the market this week. High testing Alfalfa is in short supply. Retail/Feed store not tested this week. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB the farm or ranch unless otherwise stated.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Mid Square

Supreme 1200 200.00

Premium 1000 185.00

Utility 400 160.00

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Oct. 12

This week FOB Last week Last year

6204 tons 3103 3249

Compared to Oct. 5: Prices trended generally steady compared to last week prices. Retail/Stable type hay remains the most demanded hay. Demand for export hay has decreased since last report. All sales in this report are 2018 crop year hay. Some growers are sold out for this crop year.

Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco Counties:

Tons Price

Orchard Grass Small Square

Premium 77 233.25

Eastern Oregon:

Alfalfa Large Square

Premium 800 140.00

Timothy Grass Large Square

Good 2000 230.00

Harney County:

Alfalfa Large Square

Good 210 160.00

Klamath Basin:

Alfalfa Large Square

Prem/Supr/Org 300 260.00

Premium 200 225.00

Org 550 275.00

Fair/Good/Org 500 170.00

Small Square

Good/Premium 25 175.00

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Small Square

Good/Premium 250 240.00

Good 250 220.00

Orchard Grass Small Square

Premium 200 260.00

Rye Grass Small Square

Good/Premium 50 220.00

Meadow Grass Small Square

Good 25 150.00

Lake County:

Alfalfa Large Square

Supreme 105 200.00

Good/Premium 30 175.00

Good 125 140.00

Rain Damage 252 150.00

Small Square

Supr/Org 25 265.00

Prem/Supr/Org 30 250.00

Oat/Wheat/Barley Large Square

Good/Premium 200 125.00

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Oct. 12

This week FOB Last week Last year

4500 tons 19,100 9700

Compared to Oct. 5: All grades of Alfalfa steady. Trade slow to moderate for press and Premium/Supreme hay, moderate for all other grades. Demand remains good for feeder and press hay so far exceeding supply. Retail/Feed store not tested this week.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Mid Square

Premium/Supreme 1100 166.36

Premium 400 145.00

Fair 1000 132.50

Utility/Fair 1000 110.00

Timothy Grass Mid Square

Utility/Fair 1000 160.00

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Oct. 12

This week FOB Last week Last year

6527 tons 215,825 9232

Compared to Oct. 5: All classes traded steady with moderate demand. According to the NASS Crop Production Report Oct. 11, California has 650,000 acres for 2018 versus 660,000 acres for 2017 of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures area harvested with the same yield for both years at 6.80 tons with a total of 4,420 tons of production for 2018 versus 2017 of 4,488 tons.

REGION 1: NORTHERN INTERMOUNTAIN

Includes the counties of Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 825 203.15

Export 250 205.00

Very High Testing 320 220.00

Premium/Supreme 645 195.00

Export 80 195.00

Premium 530 183.35

Export 325 193.08

Retail/Stable 350 180.00

Good 392 153.24

Export 150 155.00

Fair/Good 200 156.00

Fair 200 130.00

Orchard Grass Premium 460 280.00

Good/Premium 250 245.00

Meadow Grass Good/Premium 50 170.00

REGION 2: SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Includes the counties of Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano and Sacramento.

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Premium 75 280.00

Alfalfa/Rye Mix Good/Org 25 225.00

Rye Grass Good/Org 25 195.00

Weedy Organic 50 180.00

REGION 3: NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

Includes the counties of San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Merced and Mariposa. No New Sales Confirmed.

Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

Includes the counties of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Inyo. No New Sales Confirmed.

REGION 5: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Includes the counties of Kern, Northeast Los Angeles and Western San Bernardino.

Alfalfa Premium 150 265.00

Forage Mix-Three Way Good 25 260.00

REGION 6: SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA

Includes the counties of Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial.

Alfalfa Premium 100 220.00

Contracted Export 300 205.00

Good/Premium 150 200.00

Good 80 180.00

Fair/Good 100 190.00

Fair/2-% Grassy 20 120.00

Bermuda Grass Prem/Exp 200 165.00

Mixed Grass Fair 100 95.00



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