The hay trade was slow, with light demand for alfalfa pellets, light to moderate demand for dairy and grinding alfalfa, and moderate demand for prairie hay and brome, according to the Dec. 18 Kansas Department of Agriculture--USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

The hay market was rather lackluster over most of the state, with the exception of some northeastern areas, where better interest and movement was noted. Some rain fell over eastern areas, while the rest of the state remained extremely dry.

In southwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa were steady, with a soft undertone, very little trade and active movement. Horse alfalfa was $130 to $150 per ton; supreme dairy, RFV 180+, $125 to $130; premium, RFV 150 to 180, $110 to $120. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $95 per ton, ground and delivered to feedlots, $110 to $120. For the week ending Dec. 8, 14,784 tons of alfalfa was ground and delivered to feedlots. Good straw was $60 per ton.

In south central Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady, with a soft undertone and moderate to active movement. Horse alfalfa was $120 to $130 per ton; supreme dairy, RFV 180+, $120 to $130; premium, RFV 150 to 180, $100 to $125. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, spot, was $80 to $90 per ton, ground and delivered, $100 to $113. For the week ending Dec. 8, 3,814 tons of alfalfa was ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $125 to $130 per ton; dehydrated, 17%, $140 to $148.

In southeast Kansas, dairy alfalfa, brome and prairie hay were steady, with moderate to active movement. Horse alfalfa was $125 to $135 per ton; supreme dairy, $110 to $120; premium, $100 to $110. Good bluestem, in small square bales, was $72.50 to $90 per ton, in medium and large square bales, $65 to $80, in large round bales, $50 to $65. Good brome, in small square bales, was $80 to $85 per ton, in medium and large square bales, $70 to $80, in large round bales, $55 to $65.

In northwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa was steady to $5 lower, with moderate to active movement. Horse alfalfa was $125 to $150 per ton; supreme dairy, $110 to $120; premium, $100 to $110. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $70 to $85 per ton, ground on the truck, $80 to $100. Good cane-millet, in large bales, was $45 to $60 per ton. Straw, in large round bales, was $40 per ton.

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, brome and prairie hay was steady, with moderate to active movement. Supreme dairy alfalfa was $115 to $130 per ton; premium, $100 to $115. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $70 to $80 per ton, ground on the truck, $80 to $90. Good bluestem, in small square bales, was $70 to $80 per ton, in large round bales, $50 to $55. Good brome was $80 to $90 per ton, in large round bales, $55 to $65. Straw, in medium square bales, was $60 per ton.

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