The hay trade was slow, according to the May 2 Kansas Hay Market Report, compiled by the Agriculture Products Development Division-USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

Demand was light to moderate for bluestem, dairy and grinding alfalfa, stock cow hay and alfalfa pellets. Prices are from the most recent sales.

Rain fell over most of the state April 30 and May 1, with heavier amounts in the western third of the state. Field work came to a standstill.

Several alfalfa producers hope to start cutting as soon as the field dry, if the weather will allow it.

Contracting of ground alfalfa with feedyards is still slow.

In southwest Kansas, grinding and dairy quality alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180+, was $105 to $115 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $70 to $105. New crop alfalfa, standing in the field, was contracted at $42 to $50 per ton. Grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was scarce; fair to good quality, $50 to $55 per ton, up to $60; a little new crop, contracted, $55 to mostly $60. Fair to good quality alfalfa, ground and short haul to feedlots, was $65 to $75 per ton, mostly $70; a little new crop, contracted, $70 to mostly $75. For the week ending April 22, 12,489 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $84 to $89 per ton; 17% protein, $89 to $93.

In south central Kansas, grinding and dairy alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Premium quality dairy alfalfa, scarce, RFV 150 to 180, was $75 to $90 per ton; good quality, RFV 125 to 150, $50 to $75. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $40 to $50 per ton; ground-on-the-truck, $50 to $60 mostly $55. For the week ending April 22, 3,990 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $75 to $80 per ton; 17% protein, $78. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $90 to $96 per ton.

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

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was moderate. Premium quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 150 to 180, was $75 to $100 per ton; good quality, $50 to $70. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $35 to $45 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. Good quality brome, in small bales, was $65 to $75 per ton; in large round bales, $40 to $45; fair to low quality, $25 to $35. Straw, in small bales, was $1.50 to $2 each.

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