Western hay markets

The supply of hay in California is very tight. Irrigation water is still the talk of the area due to the extreme drought.

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.

May 9

This week FOB Last week Last year

22,185 5,910 555

Compared to May 2: Fair/Good/ and export Alfalfa steady. Demand remains good. Trade turned very active this week as more new crop contracts were reported. All new crop Alfalfa contracts are straight through rain or shine all cuttings no test. Retail/Feedstore Alfalfa and Orchard grass steady. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 200 $285

Prem./Sup. 625 $180

Good/Prem. 625 $180

Fair/Good 625 $180

400 $185

700 $198-205

Utility/Fair 625 $180

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 125 $220-250

Alfalfa Standing Prem./Sup. 4500 $140

Good/Prem. 4500 $140

Fair/Good 4500 $140

Utility/Fair 4500 $140

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 125 $250-275

Timothy Grass Small Square Premium 135 $220-250

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Portland, Ore.

May 9

This week FOB Last week Last year

284 664 491

Compared to May 2: Prices were generally steady with that week’s offerings for the same quality. Trading was very light during the week. Volume of trading smaller than the previous week. Most producers have sold all that they plan to sell for this season.

Tons Price

CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 33 $240-245

5 Way Mixed Grass Small Square Premium 5 $275

Orchard/Timothy/Fescue Small Square Premium 22 $240

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 33 $250

90 $250

Premium 30 $220

Good 49 $190

Fair 22 $160

EASTERN OREGON: No new sales confirmed.

HARNEY COUNTY: No new sales confirmed.

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

May 9

This week FOB Last week Last year

6,000 5,600 250

Compared to May 2: New crop Alfalfa contracts steady. New crop contract hay is selling straight through rain or shine with a 165 RFV test for the higher price, 155 RFV test for the lower price. Trade turned moderate this week as more interests are starting to contract new crop Alfalfa. Demand remains good for all classes. Retail/feed store/horse not tested this week. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Good/Prem. 2500 $200

Good 1000 $205

Fair/Good 2500 $195

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

May 9

This week FOB Last week Last year

58,645 19,022 0

Compared to May 2: Prices traded mostly steady to firm in most areas. Demand remained very good in all regions on active trading activity. The supply of hay in California is very tight. Region 1 is still a month away from starting production. Irrigation water is still the talk of the area due to the extreme drought.

REGION 1: North Inter-Mountain

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Good 50 $245

REGION 2: Sacramento Valley

Includes the counties of Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Alfalfa Supreme 100 $290

Premium 900 $270-300

200 $260

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Good/Prem. 100 $275

Orchard Grass Good 100 $300

Oat Good 25 $200

REGION 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley

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

Alfalfa Supreme 1450 $300-320

Premium 300 $325

Good 200 $245

800 $270-300

Fair 250 $240

Orchard Grass Good 150 $325

Rye/Wheat Good 100 $215

Oat Good 200 $245

Wheat Good 375 $225

REGION 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

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

Alfalfa Supreme 200 $358

Premium 150 $324

Good 175 $300

Wheat Silage Good 40,000 $55

REGION 5: Southern California

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

Alfalfa Supreme 2575 $303-312

Premium 1125 $285-310

Good 375 $260

55 $275

Forage Mix-Three Way Good 495 $264

REGION 6: Southeast California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 550 $265-270

1300 $270

Prem./Sup. 75 $275

Premium 2730 $265

75 $280

1600 $265-270

300 $270-280

250 $245

Good/Prem. 50 $255

50 $240

Good 800 $240-265

Bermuda Grass Good 25 $220

125 $200

175 $220

Barley Good 90 $210



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