Western hay markets

Some dairies have started contracting new crop from out of state delivered in prices rain or shine all cuttings no test. Exporters remain quiet.

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)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 21

This week FOB Last week Last year

10,925 2,285 880

Compared to March 14: Fair/Good Alfalfa weak to $5 lower in a light test. Supreme Alfalfa firm. Demand good for higher testing supplies. Demand light to moderate for feeder dry cow hay. Some dairies have started contracting new crop from out of state delivered in prices rain or shine all cuttings no test. Exporters remain quiet. Trade remains slow to moderate. Parts of the southern Columbia Basin have already started to irrigate. Retail/Feedstore Alfalfa and Orchard grass steady. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 200 $235

Prem/Sup. 3000 $185

Good/Prem. 3000 $185

Fair/Good 1500 $170

3000 $185

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 130 $220-250

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 95 $250-275

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Portland, Ore.

March 21

This week FOB Last week Last year

681 1,119 885

Compared to March 14: Prices were generally steady with the previous week’s offerings for the same quality. Trading was light to moderate. Volume of trading smaller. More producers have sold all that they plan to sell for this season.

Tons Price

CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 15 $245

Orchard Grass Mix Small Square Premium 88 $240

Grass Mix-Five Way Small Square Premium 30 $275

HARNEY COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Fair 24 170-170

KLAMATH BASIN

Fescue Grass Small Square Premium 25 $220

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 33 $250

Premium 28 $230

Good/Prem. 130 $200-205

100 $205

Good 64 $190

Small Square Premium 60 $200-220

Fair/Good 30 $150

Oat Large Square Premium 32 $150

Oat Straw Large Square Utility 22 $55

EASTERN OREGON: No new sales confirmed.

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 21

This week FOB Last week Last year

6,560 1,100 8,200

Compared to March 14: All grades of Alfalfa firm for new crop prices. Fair and Good Alfalfa steady. Trade slow to moderate this week. Demand remains good for all classes and new crop contracts as interests are contracting straight through regardless of test rain or shine. Retail/feed store/horse not tested this week. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Prem/Sup. 1670 $180

Good/Prem. 1670 $180

300 $175

Fair/Good 1670 $180

1250 $170-180

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 21

This week FOB Last week Last year

19,652 6,335 9,485

Compared to March 14: Demand remained very good in all regions on moderate to active trading activity. Prices remained mostly steady to firm in most areas. The supply of hay in northern and central valleys of California is very tight. Production in Region 6 is in full swing. Region 5 is reporting production starting this week. Trade activity was active on very good buyer demand.

REGION 1: North Inter-Mountain

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 50 $270

Premium 550 $250-260

Good 25 $240

25 $230

Fair 25 $220

Alfalfa/Grass Mix Premium 50 $280

Orchard Grass Premium 50 $320

Triticale Good 100 $215

REGION 2: Sacramento Valley

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Premium 100 $250

100 $298

Good/Prem. 150 $220

Bermuda Grass Premium 75 $280

Rice Straw Good 250 $80

REGION 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley

Includes the counties of San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Merced and Mariposa.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 100 $335

REGION 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

Includes the counties of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Inyo.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 600 $325-335

250 $340

Premium 400 $310

REGION 5: Southern California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 150 $285-290

Premium 350 $260

Forage Mix-Three Way Premium 50 $260

REGION 6: Southeast California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 9222 $260-270

895 $262-265

75 $290

150 $275

Premium 2400 $250-260

275 $255-260

Good 500 $230-235

1035 $240-245

100 $235-245

400 $250

Utility 500 $180

Bermuda Grass Premium 575 $200-215

75 $205



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