Hay market trade was slow, demand was slow, and prices steady. Most hay and forage pricing stayed steady, although there remains a softer undertone to grinder hay and grass hays due to lower quality and high abundance, according the Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, Sept. 17.

Southwest: Dairy alfalfa steady, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered steady to $5 lower; movement slow. Premium horse alfalfa, small squares, $230-$240. Supreme Dairy 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$226; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock or dry cow, $165-$175. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $120-$125. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, $145-$160. Premium bluestem grass hay, small squares, $140-$150. Oat hay, large rounds, $90-$95 delivered. Wheat straw, large rounds, $40-$50, large squares, $65-$75 delivered. For the week ending Sept. 14, 8,613 ton of grinding alfalfa and 2,874 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold. The average paid by feedlots on Sept. 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was $169.79, down $1.56 from the previous month, usage was 582 ton/day, down 2.5% and total usage was 18,041 ton.

South central: Dairy alfalfa, alfalfa pellets, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow. Horse alfalfa, small squares, $200-$210. Supreme dairy, 1-1.05/point RFV, $195-$225; premium, $175-$200; good, $165-$175. Stock cow, $130-$150. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $90-$100. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots, $135-$150. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, $200-$210, 17% protein, $210-$220, dehydrated 17% protein, $305-$315. Teff hay, medium squares, $135-$145. Good bluestem grass hay, small squares, $7-$8/bale. Brome, small squares, $7-$8/bale, large rounds, $100-$110, lesser quality, $70-$80. Oat hay, large rounds, $70-$85. Wheat straw, small squares, $5.50-$6.50/bale, large rounds, $40-$60. For the week ending Sept. 14, 6,452 ton of grinding alfalfa and 1,633 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold. The average paid by feedlots on Sept. 1 for alfalfa ground and delivered was $150.45, up $1.25 from the previous month, usage was 240 ton/day, down 8% and total usage was 7,448 ton.

Southeast: Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement slow. Horse or goat alfalfa, $230-$250. Dairy 1-1.05/point RFV. Stock cow, $150-$180. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, none reported. Ground and delivered, none reported. Good bluestem grass hay, small squares, $135-$145, medium to large squares, $90-$120, large rounds, $70-$90. Good brome, small squares, $125-$150, medium to large squares, $120-$150, large rounds, $90-$100, lesser quality, $75-$85; Wheat straw, medium and large squares, $60-$80, large rounds, $55-$65. For the week ending Sept. 14, 1,556 ton of grass hay was reported bought/sold.

Northwest: Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow. Horse or goat alfalfa, $205-$215. Premium/supreme dairy, 1-1.05/point RFV. Fair/good stock cow, $150-$160. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $105-$115 with instances at $125-$140. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, $125-$135.

North central/northeast: Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow. Premium horse alfalfa, small squares, $9.50-$10.50/bale. Supreme dairy 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$210; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock cow, none reported. Fair/good, grinding alfalfa, $100-$115. Ground and delivered $130-$160. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $7-$8/bale delivered, medium to large squares, $85-$100, large rounds, $75-$85. Brome, small squares, $7.50-$8.50/bale delivered, medium to large squares, $115-$150, large rounds, $80-$95. Sudan, large rounds, $50-$60. Wheat straw, small squares, $5-$6/bale delivered, large squares, $95-$105 delivered, large rounds, $50-$60. For the week ending Sept. 14, 955 ton of grinding alfalfa and 275 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold.

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

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