The hay trade was slow, according to the Jan. 25 Kansas Hay Market Report, compiled by the Agriculture Products Development Division-USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

Demand was moderate for dairy alfalfa, bluestem and alfalfa pellets; moderate to strong for grinding alfalfa and stock cow hay. Prices are from the most recent sales. Although alfalfa is getting harder to find, prices are slow to rise, due to resistance from buyers. Milk prices are low and producers are battling to keep their costs down.

In southwest Kansas, grinding and dairy alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Horse quality alfalfa was $85 to $120 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180 to 220, scarce, was $95 to $110 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $65 to $90; good quality, $50 to $60. Good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, scarce, instance tarped, was $50 per ton; fair to good quality, $40 to $45. Good quality alfalfa, ground and short haul to feedlots, was $70 per ton; fair to good quality, $55 to $65, mostly $60. For the week ending Jan. 15, 14,288 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $75 to $80 per ton; 17% protein, $80 to $82.

In south central Kansas, grinding and dairy alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Horse quality alfalfa was $100 to $120 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180 to 200+, was $95 to $110 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $75 to $90; good quality, RFV 125 to 150, $50 to $75. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $35 to $45 per ton, mostly $40; fair quality, $30 to $35. Fair to good quality alfalfa, ground-on-the-truck, was $45 to $60 per ton, mostly $55. For the week ending Jan. 15, 5,672 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $72 to $75 per ton; 17% protein, $78. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $90 to $100 per ton.

In southeast Kansas, dairy alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was slow to moderate. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, scarce, was 60 cents per RFV point; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $80 to $90 per ton; good quality, RFV 125 to 150, $60 to $75. Good quality bluestem, in small bales, was $60 to $75 per ton, mostly $65, in large square bales, $55 to $65, mostly $60; fair quality and smaller lots, $50 to $60; good quality, in large round bales, $30 to $45. Good quality brome, in square bales, was $60 to $70 per ton; fair quality, in large round bales, $30 to $40.

In northwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Premium quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 150 to 180, was $80 to $90 per ton; good quality, RFV 125 to 150, $50 to $70. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $30 to $40 per ton; ground-on-the-truck, $40 to $55. Good quality sudan was $30 per ton.

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was moderate. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180 to 200+, was $100 to $110 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $75 to $100; good quality, $50 to $70. Fair to good quality alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $30 to $40 per ton; ground-on-the-truck, $45 to $60. Good quality bluestem, in small bales, was $60 to $70 per ton, in large round bales, $30 to $40; fair quality, $25 to $30. Good quality brome, in small bales, was $65 to $80 per ton, in large round bales, $40 to $45; fair to low quality, $25 to $35. Mulch hay was $25 to $30 per ton. Straw, in small bales, was $1.50 to $2.25 each.

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