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 17

This week FOB Last week Last year

1,810 230 2,185

Compared to March 9, Alfalfa for export for current delivery steady in a light test. Trade remains slow. Demand remains light to moderate. Dairies are starting to cull numbers in response to lower milk futures prices. Retail/Feed store steady to firm in a light test. Trade very slow with continued light supplies being held in firm hands.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Good 100 $235

Fair 900 $220

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 135 $255-285

Good 90 $200

Timothy Grass Small Square Premium 45 $250

Wheat Straw Large Square Good 540 $65

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 17

This week FOB Last week Last year

1,722 824 675

Compared to March 9: Trading was generally slow during the week. Markets were generally steady. Some producers continuing to clear out old crop supplies to begin making room for the upcoming crop.

Tons Price

CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES

Alfalfa Large Square Fair 40 $200

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 20 $225 132 $250

Good/Prem. 10 $200

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Small Square Premium 8 $250

Good 10 $200

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 14 $230-235

Good 6 $225

Fair/Good 10 $200

Mixed Grass Small Square Premium 1 $250

Barley Large Square Good 45 $160

KLAMATH BASIN

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 33 $250

10 $300

Good/Prem. 100 $235

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Small Square Premium 10 $300

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 74 $265

Prem./Sup. 1103 $250

Premium 35 $245

Fair/Good 31 $210

Triticale Large Square Good 30 $160

EASTERN OREGON: No new sales confirmed.

HARNEY COUNTY: No new sales confirmed.

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 17

This week FOB Last week Last year

15,860 14,190 6,597

Compared to March 9: Domestic Alfalfa traded mostly steady in regions 1 through 5, however in Region 6 Alfalfa traded $5 lower, instances of $10 lower with buyers resistance. Retail/Stable hay continues to trade steady. Trade and Demand were moderate. Producers in Regions 1 through 5 continue to finish up on contract hay with rain in the forecast. Region 6 producers are still reporting a strong resistance to the new hay prices and a large variance in hay quality.

REGION 1

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Good 425 $230

Orchard Grass Premium 75 $310

Timothy Grass Premium 75 $310

REGION 2

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 50 $330

Premium 200 $260-270

100 $295

Orchard Grass Good 75 $250

75 $285

Fair/Good 75 $220

Oat Good 50 $225

Fair/Good 50 $160

Wheat Straw Premium 375 $108

Good 300 $85

REGION 3

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Premium 105 $270

400 $295-300

Good/Prem. 100 $285

Fair/Good 50 $250

150 $267-275

Rice Straw Good 50 $120

REGION 4

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 125 $315

Premium 2000 $300

150 $305

Fair/Good 50 $250

REGION 5

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Premium 475 $299-305

Good/Prem. 25 $280

Forage Mix-Three Way Premium 50 $300

Region 6

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Prem./Sup. 200 $260

Premium 1000 $255

775 $265-280

200 $310-320

Good/Prem. 4875 $240-251

425 $255

100 $260

780 $230-245

Good 325 $250-265

50 $300

Orchard Grass Premium 25 $340

Bermuda Grass Premium 75 $290

50 $310

Good 50 $240

Forage Mix-Three Way Premium 75 $300

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