The hay trade was slow to moderate, according to the Aug. 1 Kansas Hay Market Report, compiled by the Agriculture Products Development Division-USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, KS.

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

The demand for prairie hay and better quality ground alfalfa is picking up, as grower yards and feedlots get in weaning calves. Cattle movement off grass is about normal for this time of year.

Bluestem producers are enjoying better weather for getting their hay up.

In southwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Horse quality alfalfa was $95 to $115 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180+, was $90 to $100 per ton, mostly $90; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $75 to $90; Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $55 to $70 per ton, mostly $60 to $68; ground and short haul to feedlots, $70 to $80, mostly $75. For the week ending July 22, 12,829 tons of alfalfa were ground and delivered to feedlots. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $85 to $92 per ton; 17% protein, $90 to $96. Good quality oat hay, in large round bales, was $85 per ton delivered.

In south central Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa and alfalfa pellets were steady. Horse quality alfalfa was $90 to $120 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180+, was $90 to $105 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $80 to $90; good quality, RFV 140 to 150, $70 to $75. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $45 to $60, mostly $55; ground-on-the-truck, $55 to $65, mostly $60 to $65. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, were $85 to $90 per ton; 17% protein, $85. Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, 17% protein, were $92 to $95 per ton.

In southeast Kansas, dairy alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was slow to moderate. Premium quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 150 to 180, was $75 to $95 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 to $70; in large square bales, $55 to $65, mostly $60; fair quality and smaller lots, $50 to $55; good quality, in large round bales, $35 to $40. Good quality brome, in small bales, was $60 to $75 per ton; in large round bales, $40.

In northwest Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa were steady. Movement was moderate to active. Horse quality alfalfa was $110 per ton. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa, RFV 180+, was $90 to $105 per ton; premium quality, RFV 150 to 180, $80 to $90; good quality, RFV 125 to 150, $60 to $70. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $50 to $60 per ton; ground-on-the-truck, $55 to $65.

In north central-northeast Kansas, dairy and grinding alfalfa, prairie hay and brome were steady. Movement was moderate. Supreme quality dairy alfalfa was 55 cents per RFV point; premium quality, RFV 170 to 180, $80 to $90 per ton. Fair to good quality grinding alfalfa, at the edge of the field, was $45 to $55 per ton, $60 for winter pick-up; ground-on-the-truck, $55 to $65. Good quality bluestem, in small bales, was $60 to $70 per ton; in large round bales, $40. Good quality brome, in small bales, was $65 to $80 per ton, mostly $70; in large round bales, $40 to $60. Straw, in large round bales, was $50 to $55 per ton; in small bales, $1.75 to $2 each.

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