Missouri Weekly Hay Summary

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Jefferson City, MO    Thu Jun 25, 2015    MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News

Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 06/26/2015

  Haying continues to be a very difficult task. A few rainless days have 
occurred and some fields have been baled but many producers are still 
unable to get into overly saturated fields. Hay curing has also been 
quite difficult even if producers can get hay cut. Tedders have been 
seeing much use as farmers try to get some air between the wet soil and 
the windrows. Wheat harvest is getting underway so some new crop straw 
should be available soon. The supply of hay is moderate and demand is 
light. Prices are steady although market activity has been very light. 
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for 
both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit 
http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ or for current listings of hay 
http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (All prices f.o.b. and per ton 
unless specified and on most recent reported sales price listed as 
round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 
1200-1500 lbs).

Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV <185) 180.00-200.00
Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180) 150.00-190.00
Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 120.00-160.00
Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 100.00-120.00 
 
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 75.00-95.00
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 40.00-65.00
Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 20.00-35.00 per large round bale 

Fair to Good quality Bromegrass 50.00-70.00

Wheat straw 3.00-6.00 per small square bale


Missouri Regional Fescue Seed Prices (06/24/2015)

   Compared to last week prices for seed are steady. Harvest got 
under way over this past weekend as a break was received in the 
weather. Moisture levels have been surprisingly low overall but a 
fairly wide range of moisture levels have been reported in the 15-25 
percent range. Many buyers and farmers have expressed disappointment 
with yields. Several feel there was some seed loss in the storms last 
week and are very aware of the upcoming forecast. 


(Dry: Moisture 12-14% - Wet: Moisture greater than 14%)
(Prices are per lb.) 

Southwest, Central, South Central, and Southeast: .38 wet, .40 dry.





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Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
         than 10% grass)
Quality      ADF     NDF      *RFV     **TDN-100%  **TDN-90%     CP
Supreme      <27     <34       >185        >62         >55.9     >22
Premium    27-29   34-36    170-185    60.5-62     54.5-55.9   20-22
Good       29-32   36-40    150-170      58-60     52.5-54.5   18-20
Fair       32-35   40-44    130-150      56-58     50.5-52.5   16-18
Utility      >35     >44       <130        <56         <50.5     <16

*RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dry matter (TDN showing both 100% 
& 90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
sale (usage).
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Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
          Quality           Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5

Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence hay price
or value more than testing results.
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Hay Quality Designations physical descriptions:

Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra 
         leafy.  Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. 
         Hay is excellent color and free of damage.

Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
         grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative of
         a high nutritive content.  Hay is green and free of damage.
 
Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes
         and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed,
         free of damage other than slight discoloration.
 
Fair:    Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in 
         grass hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally 
         coarse stemmed. Hay may show light damage.

Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in legumes
         or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This category
         could include hay discounted due to excessive damage and heavy
         weed content or mold.
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Source: MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Jefferson City, MO
        Tony Hancock, Market Reporter, 573-751-5618
        24 Hour Recorded Report 1-573-522-9244

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