The hay trade was moderate, according to the March 11 Kansas Hay Market Report, compiled by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

Demand was moderate for prairie hay; light to moderate for dairy and grinding alfalfa, alfalfa pellets and brome. Prices are from the most recent sales. High energy prices and drought still are the primary concerns.

In southwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa were steady. Movement was slow to moderate. Horse quality alfalfa was $130 to $160 per ton; clippings, $170. Supreme dairy quality alfalfa, RFV 185+, was $110 to $120 per ton; premium quality, RFV 170 to 185, $100 to $110; good quality, RFV 150 to 170, $85 to $100; fair quality, RFV 130 to 150, $80 to $87. Utility to fair quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $70 to $75 per ton; ground and delivered to feedlots, $85 to $100, mostly $87 to $92. For the week ending March 1, 11,799 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. The average paid by feedlots March 1 for alfalfa, ground and delivered, was $101.34 per ton, down $1.01 from last month, which included spot trade and contracts. Usage was 1,132 tons up day, up 4% from last month. Total usage was 31,708 tons.

In south central Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 185+, was $105 to $120 per ton; premium quality, RFV 170 to 185, $100 to $110; good quality, RFV 150 to 170, $95 to $105. Utility to fair quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $55 to $75 per ton, mostly $65 to $70; ground and delivered, $85 to $100, mostly $87 to $92. For the week ending March 1, 4,312 tons of grinding alfalfa and 1,133 tons of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15 and 17% protein, were $109 to $130 per ton. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $148 to $153 per ton. The average paid by feedlots March 1 for alfalfa, ground and delivered, was $101.24 per ton, down $1.63 from last month. Usage was 373 tons per day, up 9% from last month. Total usage was 10,450 tons.

In southeast Kansas, dairy alfalfa, brome and prairie hay were steady. Movement was moderate to slow. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 185+, was $110 to $120 per ton; premium quality, RFV 170 to 185, $100 to $110; good quality, RFV 150 to 170, $90 to $100. Utility to fair quality bluestem, in small bales, was $70 to $75 per ton; good quality, $80 to $90, mostly $80 to $85, in mid and large square bales, $70 to $85, mostly $75, in large round bales, $45 to $65. Good quality brome, in small bales, scarce, was $90 to $100 per ton, in mid and large square bales, $70 to $85, in large round bales, $50 to $65. Grass mulch hay, in large bales, was $40 to $50 per ton. Straw, in large bales, was $40 per ton.

In northwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa were steady. Movement was moderate. Horse quality alfalfa was $130 to $140 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 185+, was $110 to $125 per ton; premium quality, RFV 170 to 185, $100 to $110; good quality, RFV 150 to 170, $95 to $100. Utility to fair quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $80 to $85 per ton; ground and delivered to feedlots, $100 to $110. Good quality Sudan and cane, in large round bales, was $35 to $45 per ton. Bales sorghum and corn stalks were $35 to $40 per ton.

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was moderate. Horse quality alfalfa was $140 to $150 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 185+, was $110 to $120 per ton; premium quality, RFV 170 to 185, $100 to $110; good quality, RFV 150 to 170, $95 to $100. Utility to fair quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $70 per ton; ground-on-the-truck, $80 to $85. Bluestem, in small bales, was $75 to $90 per ton, in large round bales, $55 to $65. Good quality brome, in small bales, scarce, was $90 to $100 per ton, in mid and large square bales, $70 to $90, in large round bales, $60 to $75. Straw, in small bales, was $1.75 to $2 per bale, in large bales, $40 to $45 per ton.

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