The hay trade was moderate, according to the July 31 Kansas Hay Market Report, compiled by the Federal-State USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

Demand was good for grinding alfalfa and moderate for dairy alfalfa, brome, prairie hay and alfalfa pellets. The extreme heat remained over all of Kansas, hampering forage production, especially alfalfa. Rain in the eastern part of the state did help the remaining prairie hay to be harvested. Prices remained strong. Ground alfalfa usage remained strong, as cattle continued to be moved off grass and into feedlots.

In southwest Kansas, dairy alfalfa was steady and grinding alfalfa was steady to firm. Movement was moderate to active. Horse alfalfa was $115 to $120 per ton; supreme dairy, RFV 180 to 200, $100 to $110; premium, RFV 150 to 180, $90 to $100. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was mostly $85 per ton, with winter contracts at mostly $90; ground and short haul to feedlots, spot, $95 to $105. For the week ending July 21, 13,914 tons of alfalfa was ground and delivered to feedlots. Oat hay, in square bales, was $65 to $80 per ton, up to $85 delivered, in small square bales, $105, in large round bales, $65 to $70, up to $75 delivered.

In south central Kansas, dairy alfalfa was steady, and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady to firm. Movement was moderate to active. Horse alfalfa was $110 to $125 per ton; supreme dairy, RFV 180 to 200, was $100 to $110; premium, RFV 150 to 180, was $85 to $100. Fair to good grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $75 to $85 per ton; ground on the truck, $90 to $95, ground and delivered, $95 to $105. For the week ending July 21, 4,812 tons of alfalfa was ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $119 to $120 per ton; 17% protein, $122 to $130, dehydrated, $132 to $134.

In southeast Kansas, dairy alfalfa, brome and prairie hay were steady. Movement was slow to moderate. Supreme dairy alfalfa was $110 per ton; premium, $85 to $100; good, $85. Good bluestem, in small square bales, was $70 to $75 per ton out of the field, $80 out of the barn, in medium and large square bales, $65 to $75, in large round bales, $50. Good brome, in small square bales, was $70 to $85 per ton, in large square bales, $70 to $75, in large round bales, $50 to $60.

In northwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa was steady to firm. Movement was slow to moderate. Horse alfalfa was $115 to $130 per ton. Supreme dairy alfalfa, RFV 180 to 200, was $100 to $105 per ton; premium, RFV 150 to 180, $90 to $95. Fair to good grinding hay, at the edge of the field, was $75 to $80 per ton, ground on the truck, $85 to $90.

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, brome and prairie hay were steady. Movement was slow to moderate. Supreme dairy alfalfa, RFV 180 to 200, was $100 to $110 per ton; premium, RFV 150 to 180, $90 to $100; good, $80 to $85. Fair to good grinding hay, at the edge of the field, was $70 to $75 per ton, ground on the truck, $80 to $85. Good bluestem, in small square bales, was $70 to $80 per ton, in large round bales, $45 to $50. Good brome, in square bales, was $70 to $85 per ton, in large round bales, $45 to $60. Straw, in small square bales, was $2 per bale.

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