Western hay markets

Demand remains strong and nice weather in the Columbia Basin has helped both producers and buyers alike. Some sellers are holding onto their production in anticipation of higher prices and some buyers are holding out on their purchases in hopes of seeing prices decline.

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.

June 13

This week FOB Last week Last year

32,205 2,909 1,390

Compared to June 6: Alfalfa prices had a larger spread with the higher end at $5-10 per ton higher than last week. Orchard Grass prices held steady and Timothy Grass has no comparison from last week. Trade was moderate with many producers harvesting the new crop, getting it tested and marketed for sale. Demand remains strong and nice weather has helped both producers and buyers alike. Some sellers are holding onto their production in anticipation of higher prices and some buyers are holding out on their purchases in hopes of seeing prices decline.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 1500 270

1600 $260

Prem./Sup. 500 $260

Premium 800 $240

1200 $240

5000 $245

Good 425 $230-240

2600 $250

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 100 $275

Timothy Grass Large Square Premium 13,300 $255-280

4000 $260

Good/Prem. 180 $230

Timothy Grass Small Square Premium 1000 $300

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Portland, Ore.

June 13

This week FOB Last week Last year

1,168 472 272

Compared to June 6: Prices steady to slightly higher compared to sales for the same quality last week. Trading was heavier with a larger volume of sales this week compared to last. Most producers have sold all of their old crop for the last season with more producers starting to harvest the new crop in certain areas with some producers entering their second cutting. The weather has been favorable for most producers.

Tons Price

CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES

Alfalfa Large Square Premium 30 $240

EASTERN OREGON

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 36 $255

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 30 $250

60 $250

Good 440 $190

Fair/Good 155 $175

Fair 32 $150

Oat Straw Large Square Utility 385 $45

HARNEY COUNTY: No new sales confirmed.

KLAMATH BASIN: No new sales confirmed.

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

June 13

This week FOB Last week Last year

6,200 150 250

Compared to June 6: A larger amount of trading and selection of quality grades. Trade moderate with strong demand. Most producers are busy in the field just getting first cutting in the bale and marketed. Good weather over the trade area has helped producers and hay buyers alike.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 4000 $250

Premium 950 $250

Good/Prem. 1050 $225

Alfalfa Small Square Good/Prem. 200 $220

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

June 13

This week FOB Last week Last year

24,272 26,301 22,790

Compared to June 6: Prices traded mostly steady in most areas. Demand remained very good in all regions on active trading activity. The supply of hay in California is very tight as regions 2 through 6 are in full production. Region 1 is still about a week away from first cutting. All prices reported FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.

REGION 1: North Inter-Mountain

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 125 $300

Premium 25 $230

Oat Good 25 $210

Forage Mix-Four Way Good 25 $250

REGION 2: Sacramento Valley

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 525 $315-320

Prem./Sup. 250 $310

Premium 1035 $270-290

150 $300

Good 250 $220

Orchard Grass Good 50 $300

Oat Premium 100 $200

REGION 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 465 $338-345

80 $348

405 $345-350

Prem./Sup. 600 $335

Premium 2600 $295-330

675 $305-320

100 $320

Good 25 $280

Oat Good 200 $180

400 $160

Wheat Good 1200 $225-250

Forage Mix-Three Way Good 250 $250

Wheat Straw Good 175 $140

REGION 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Premium 360 $325

600 $335-345

Oat Good 2200 $245-250

Wheat Straw Good 1000 $145

REGION 5: Southern California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Prem./Sup. 170 $285

Premium 600 $300-305

150 $294-300

Good/Prem. 1000 $265

Good 585 $302

Orchard Grass Good 375 300

Forage Mix-Three Way Good 1500 $267

REGION 6: Southeast California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 150 $270

Premium 4325 $260-270

507 $260-270

Good 670 $250-258

Bermuda Grass Good 75 $230

Sudan Good 270 $201



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