Hay market trade has picked up a bit, activity and demand is slow to moderate. Prices continue to be all over the place as producers try to out maneuver Mother Nature, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, June 18. Prices given on a per-ton basis, unless otherwise noted.

Southwest:

Dairy alfalfa, old crop grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered, steady; new crop grinding alfalfa steady to $10 lower, new crop ground and delivered $20-$25 lower, movement slow to moderate. Premium horse alfalfa, small squares, $250-$270. Supreme dairy alfalfa, 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$210; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock or dry cow, old crop, $185-$195, new crop, $160. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, old crop, $160-$170, new crop, $110-$135. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, old crop, $195-$205, new crop, $135-$160. Triticale, large rounds, new crop, $60-$80/bale. For the week ending June 15, 8,945 tons of grinding alfalfa and 300 tons of dairy alfalfa were delivered. The average paid by feedlots on June 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was $190.08, down $1.52 from the previous month, usage was 640 tons/day, down 5.2%, and total usage was 19,849 tons.

South central:

Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, old crop ground/delivered, steady; old crop grinding alfalfa $10 to $20 lower; new crop grinding alfalfa $10 to $20 lower, new crop ground and delivered steady, alfalfa pellets, steady to $5 lower, movement slow to moderate. Horse alfalfa, small squares, $200-$210. Supreme dairy, 1-1.10/point RFV, $195-$215; premium, $175-$200; good, $165-$175. Stock cow, $150-$160. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, old crop, $120-$140, new crop, $90-$125. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots, old crop, $165-$185, new crop, $140-$150. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, $205-$220, 17% protein, $210-$230, dehydrated 17% protein, $285-$295. Sudan, large rounds, $75-$85. For the week ending June 15, 6,622 tons of grinding alfalfa and 675 tons of dairy alfalfa were delivered. The average paid by feedlots on June 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was $174.42, down $1.58 from the previous month, usage was 250 tons/day, down 8 percent, and total usage was 7,740 tons.

Southeast:

Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, steady; old crop bluestem grass hay steady to $5 lower, movement slow to moderate. Horse or goat alfalfa, $220-$240. Dairy 1-1.05/point RFV. Stock cow, $170-$180. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, none reported. Ground and delivered, none reported. Premium bluestem grass hay, old crop, small squares, $140-$150; good, medium to large squares, $100-$130, large rounds, $95-$110. Good brome, old crop, small squares, none reported, medium to large squares, $140-$155, large rounds, $125-$135. Sudan, large rounds, $75-$85. Oat hay, medium squares, $60/bale. Wheat straw, medium and large squares, $75-$100. Mulch, large rounds, $50-$60. For the week ending June 15, 906 tons of grass hay was delivered.

Northwest:

Dairy alfalfa, steady; grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady to $20 lower, movement slow. Horse or goat alfalfa, $220-$230. Premium/supreme dairy, 1-1.05/point RFV. Fair/good stock cow, $150-$160. New crop fair/good grinding alfalfa, $105-$115. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, $130-$140.

North central/northeast:

Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, steady; grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady to 5 lower, movement slow. Premium horse alfalfa, new crop, small squares, $9.50-$10.50/bale. Supreme dairy 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$210; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock cow, old crop, $195-$200. Fair/good, grinding alfalfa, new crop, $130-$140. Ground and delivered, $155-$165. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $8-$8.50/bale, large squares, $120-$130, large rounds, $100-$110. Brome, small squares, $8.50-$9.50/bale, large squares, $145-$155, large rounds, $100-$110 with an instance at $115-$120. Sudan, large rounds, $80-$90. Wheat straw, medium squares, $80-$90, and large rounds, $60-$70. For the week ending June 15, 434 tons of grinding alfalfa and 500 tons of dairy alfalfa were delivered.

Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, Dodge City, Kansas.

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