Sioux Falls, SD Fri Nov 21, 2014 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News
Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market
All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.
Compared to last week: Alfalfa and grass hay sold with steady to firm
undertones. Very good demand for high testing hay for dairy cattle and
also for lower feed value alfalfa if it’s green, in a large square bale,
and been under a roof. Most of the demand for dairy hay is coming from
out of state where high quality hay or just clean and green hay is harder
to find. Only moderate demand for lower quality alfalfa suitable only for
grinding into feedlot rations. Very good demand for Good and Premium grass
hay suitable for receiving and starting calves on feed. Good demand for corn
stalks, the window to get stalks put up was a very narrow one as the snow came
very shortly after the cold weather arrived. High quality alfalfa is reported
to be limited as it was a very challenging year for hay producers to put up that
high testing hay. Untimely rains and poor curing conditions caused much more
lower quality hay to be made. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless
otherwise noted. ***Note, this report will not be released next week due to
the Thanksgiving Holiday, next report will be Dec 5.***
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares: 250.00; Large Rounds, 200.00 Delivered.
Good to Premium: Large Squares, 250.00. Good: Large Squares, 180.00. Fair:
Large Squares, 140.00-160.00. Utility: Large Squares, 100.00-125.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 220.00; 17 pct 230.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Good to Premium: Large Rounds, 120.00-130.00. Fair to Good: Large
Rounds, 115.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Millet Hay: Large Rounds, 85.00-90.00.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 55.00.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100 pct TDN-90 pct CP
Supreme 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
RFV calculated using the WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the western
Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay price
or value more than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350