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Western hay price report

Trade very active in he Columbia Basin on new crop contracts, slow on domestic feeder hay due to low supplies.

Published on April 20, 2018 12:30PM


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)

April 20

This week FOB Last week Last year

50,199 775 4065 tons

Compared to April 13: Export and feeder Alfalfa firm in a light test. Feeder hay supplies remain tight. More interest was noted this week for contracting new crop export Alfalfa. Most new crop contracts are for all cuttings with minimum RFV values and 20 percent down or scheduled payments. Trade very active on new crop contracts, slow on domestic feeder hay due to low supplies. Demand remains very good for all classes. Most feeder hay buyers are looking for large volumes to purchase. Retail/Feedstore not tested.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Mid Square

Good/Prem/New 22,833 165.00

Fair/Good/Exp 400 145.00

New 22,833 145.00

Util/Fair/New 2833 125.00

Tarped 1000 160.00

Timothy Grass Mid Square

Good/Exp 300 135.00

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

April 20

Compared to April 13: Prices trended generally steady in an extremely limited test. Retail/Stable type hay remains the most demanded hay. Most hay producers are sold out for the growing year.

This week FOB Last week Last year

276 360 1436 tons

Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco Counties

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square

Good 100 140.00

Alfalfa Small Square

Prem/Ret/Stab 15 220.00

Orchard Grass Small Square

Prem/Ret/Stab 35 234.00

Eastern Oregon:

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Small Square

Prem/Ret/Stab 35 185.00

Klamath Basin:

Alfalfa Small Square

Good 15 170.00

Orchard Grass Small Square

Good 8 170.00

Lake County:

Alfalfa Large Square

Supreme 68 215.00

Harney County: No New Sales Confirmed.

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

April 20

This week FOB Last week Last year

950 325 700

Compared to April 13: Alfalfa feeder hay firm in a light test. No new contracts for new crop reported this week. Trade slow with good demand. Most interests are waiting for new crop. Old crop feeder hay is still available in the trade area. Retail/Feedstore not tested this week.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Mid Square

Fair/Org 100 190.00

Tarped 200 105.00

Util/Rain Dam 600 85.00

Alfalfa/Grass Mix Mid Square

Fair/ Tarped 50 160.00

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

April 20

Compared to April 13: All classes traded steady with very good demand. The warm temperatures and recent precipitation helped winter forage crops’ maturation. Alfalfa cutting began in the Central Valley. Corn fields were prepared and planted as weather and soil conditions permitted. Ground preparation continued for spring forage.

This week FOB Last week Last year

6075 8905 8400 tons

REGION 1: NORTHERN INTERMOUNTAIN

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

No New Sales Confirmed

RREGION 2: SACRAMENTO VALLEY

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

Alfalfa Premium

Retail/Stable 25 280.00

Fair 2500 215.00

Rye Grass Good 1000 125.00

Rice Straw Good/Del 200 115.00

REGION 3: NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

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

Alfalfa Supr/Del 425 297.00

Grass Good/Org 100 145.00

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.

No New Sales Confirmed.

REGION 6: SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA

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

Alfalfa Supreme 50 233.00

Prem/Supr 1450 222.57

Export 75 230.00

Prem/Ret/Stab 200 230.00

Bermuda Grass Prem/Ret/Stab 50 220.00



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