Hay Bale

For the week ending March 15:

All prices dollars per ton & FOB unless noted.

Tonnage: 10,093/5,108

Last week: 11,372/4,744

Last year: 9,671/3,906

Hay market trade activity is light to moderate. Demand remains moderate and prices have remained steady for all hay types. After surviving the freezing temperatures of early last week, the weekend warmed up nicely. Unfortunately, with the warmer temperatures comes melting snow and more mud. Mild temperatures are forecast to continue and rain is predicted, adding to the already muddy conditions. According to NASS, topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 55 adequate, and 44 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 71 adequate, and 28 surplus. As Mother Nature begins to loosen her grip on winter, there seems to be a hint that some farmers will begin to turn loose of hay they have been keeping back for their own use.

If you have any extra hay to sell and/or need hay here in Kansas, use the services of the Internet Hay Exchange: www.hayexchange.com/ks.php.

Southeast Kansas

Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: horse or goat, 220.00-245.00. Dairy 1.00-1.05/point RFV. Stock cow 180.00-190.00. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 165.00-175.00. Ground and delivered, none reported; Grass hay: Bluestem, premium small squares 140.00-150.00. Good, mid squares 125.00-135.00, large squares, good quality 110.00-115.00, better quality, 130.00-140.00, large rounds 110.00-125.00 with an instance at 130.00. Brome, good, small squares 150.00-160.00, mid squares 140.00-150.00, large squares 145.00-155.00, large rounds 125.00-135.00; Sudan: large rounds 80.00-90.00; Oat hay, mid squares 150.00-160.00; Wheat Straw: mid and large squares 75.00-100.00. Mulch: large rounds 50.00-60.00. The week of March 3-9, 1,182T of grass hay was delivered.

Southwest Kansas

Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: horse, premium small squares 270.00-290.00. Alfalfa: Dairy 1.00-1.05/point RFV, Supreme 185.00-210.00, Premium 170.00-195.00, Good 160.00-170.00. Stock or Dry Cow 190.00-200.00. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 170.00-180.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 195.00-205.00 with an instance at 210.00-220.00; Bluestem, premium small squares 140.00-150.00; Sudan: large rounds 70.00-80.00; Cornstalks: Large rounds 65.00-75.00, ground and delivered 85.00-90.00; Wheat straw: large rounds 65.00-70.00. The week of March 3-9, 11,372T of grinding alfalfa and 767T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. The average paid by feedlots on March 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was 197.35, up 2.89 from last month, usage was 586T/day, down 3 pct., and total usage was 16,398T. 

South Central Kansas

Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, alfalfa pellets, grass hay steady; movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 200.00-210.00. Dairy, 1.00-1.10/point RFV, Supreme 195.00-215.00, Premium 175.00-200.00, Good 165.00-175.00. Stock cow, 185.00-195.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 150.00-160.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 180.00-195.00 with an instance at 200.00; Alfalfa pellets: Sun cured 15 pct protein 215.00-225.00, 17 pct protein 215.00-230.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 255.00-265.00; Grass hay: Bluestem, small squares 8.00/bale, large squares 130.00-140.00; Sudan: large rounds 75.00-85.00 with an instance at 100.00-110.00; Wheat Straw: large rounds 65.00-75.00. The week of March 3-9, 4,744T of grinding alfalfa and 1050T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. The average paid by feedlots on March 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was 166.21, down 8.97 from last month, usage was 263T/day, down 21 pct., and total usage was 7,614T.

Northwest Kansas

Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady, movement slow. Alfalfa: Horse or goat, 220.00-230.00. Dairy, Premium/Supreme 1.00-1.05/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 160.00-165.00. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 140.00-150.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 150.00-160.00; Alfalfa/oat mix, large rounds 100.00-120.00.

North Central - Northeast Kansas

Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, premium small squares 9.00-10.00/bale. Dairy 1.00-1.05/point RFV, Supreme 185.00-210.00, Premium 170.00-195.00, Good 160.00-170.00. Stock Cow, 195.00-200.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 140.00-150.00 with an instance at 160.00. Ground and delivered 165.00-175.00. Grass hay: Bluestem, small squares 8.00-8.50/bale, large squares 120.00-130.00, and large rounds 100.00-110.00 with an instance at 125.00 to 135.00. Brome, small squares 9.00-10.00/bale, large squares 150.00-165.00, large rounds 115.00-125.00 with an instance at 140.00-150.00; Sudan: large rounds 80.00-90.00; Wheat Straw: small squares 6.00-7.00/bale, large squares 100.00-110.00, and large rounds 85.00-95.00. The week of March 3-9, 628T of grinding alfalfa and 375T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. 

(Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Manhattan, Kan., Kim Nettleton, 785-564-6709)