Kansas Hay Report
DC_GR310
Manhattan, KS Tue March 12, 2019    Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kansas Hay Market Report
					                  
Ground/Grinding alfalfa movement:   Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage: 10,093/5,108   Last week:  11,372/4,744    Last year: 9,671/3,906
             
Hay market trade activity is light to moderate. Demand remains moderate and 
prices have remained steady for all hay types. After surviving the freezing 
temperatures of early last week, the weekend warmed up nicely. Unfortunately, 
with the warmer temperatures comes melting snow and more mud. Mild temperatures 
are forecast to continue and rain is predicted, adding to the already muddy 
conditions. According to NASS, topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very 
short, 1 short, 55 adequate, and 44 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 
percent very short, 1 short, 71 adequate, and 28 surplus. As Mother Nature 
begins to loosen her grip on winter, there seems to be a hint that some farmers 
will begin to turn loose of hay they have been keeping back for their own use. 
If you have any extra hay to sell and/or need hay here in Kansas, use the 
services of the Internet Hay Exchange: www.hayexchange.com/ks.php.  

Southwest Kansas  
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement 
slow to moderate. Alfalfa: horse, premium small squares 270.00-290.00. Alfalfa: 
Dairy 1.00-1.05/point RFV, Supreme 185.00-210.00, Premium 170.00-195.00, Good 
160.00-170.00. Stock or Dry Cow 190.00-200.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 
170.00-180.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 195.00-
205.00 with an instance at 210.00-220.00; Bluestem, premium small squares 
140.00-150.00; Sudan: large rounds 70.00-80.00; Cornstalks: Large rounds 65.00-
75.00, ground and delivered 85.00-90.00; Wheat straw: large rounds 65.00-70.00. 
The week of 3/3-3/9, 11,372T of grinding alfalfa and 767T of dairy alfalfa were 
delivered. The average paid by feedlots on March 1 for alfalfa ground and 
delivered was 197.35, up 2.89 from last month, usage was 586T/day, down 3 pct., 
and total usage was 16,398T.

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, alfalfa pellets, grass hay 
steady; movement slow to moderate. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 200.00-210.00. 
Dairy, 1.00-1.10/point RFV, Supreme 195.00-215.00, Premium 175.00-200.00, Good 
165.00-175.00. Stock cow, 185.00-195.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 
150.00-160.00. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 180.00-195.00 with an 
instance at 200.00; Alfalfa pellets: Sun cured 15 pct protein 215.00-225.00, 17 
pct protein 215.00-230.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 255.00-265.00; Grass hay: Bluestem, 
small squares 8.00/bale, large squares 130.00-140.00; Sudan: large rounds 75.00-
85.00 with an instance at 100.00-110.00; Wheat Straw: large rounds 65.00-75.00. 
The week of 3/3-3/9, 4,744T of grinding alfalfa and 1050T of dairy alfalfa were 
delivered. The average paid by feedlots on March 1 for alfalfa ground and 
delivered was 166.21, down 8.97 from last month, usage was 263T/day, down 21 
pct., and total usage was 7,614T.

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement 
slow to moderate.  Alfalfa: horse or goat, 220.00-245.00.  Dairy 1.00-1.05/point 
RFV. Stock cow 180.00-190.00. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 165.00-175.00. Ground 
and delivered, none reported; Grass hay: Bluestem, premium small squares 140.00-
150.00. Good, mid squares 125.00-135.00, large squares, good quality 110.00-
115.00, better quality, 130.00-140.00, large rounds 110.00-125.00 with an 
instance at 130.00. Brome, good, small squares 150.00-160.00, mid squares 
140.00-150.00, large squares 145.00-155.00, large rounds 125.00-135.00; Sudan: 
large rounds 80.00-90.00; Oat hay, mid squares 150.00-160.00; Wheat Straw: mid 
and large squares 75.00-100.00. Mulch: large rounds 50.00-60.00. The week of 
3/3-3/9, 1,182T of grass hay was delivered.

Northwest Kansas 	
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady, movement slow. 
Alfalfa: Horse or goat, 220.00-230.00. Dairy, Premium/Supreme 1.00-1.05/point 
RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 160.00-165.00. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 140.00-
150.00.  Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, 150.00-160.00; 
Alfalfa/oat mix, large rounds 100.00-120.00.

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement 
slow.  Alfalfa: horse, premium small squares 9.00-10.00/bale. Dairy 1.00-
1.05/point RFV, Supreme 185.00-210.00, Premium 170.00-195.00, Good 160.00-
170.00. Stock Cow, 195.00-200.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 140.00-150.00 
with an instance at 160.00. Ground and delivered 165.00-175.00. Grass hay: 
Bluestem, small squares 8.00-8.50/bale, large squares 120.00-130.00, and large 
rounds 100.00-110.00 with an instance at 125.00 to 135.00. Brome, small squares 
9.00-10.00/bale, large squares 150.00-165.00, large rounds 115.00-125.00 with an 
instance at 140.00-150.00; Sudan: large rounds 80.00-90.00; Wheat Straw: small 
squares 6.00-7.00/bale, large squares 100.00-110.00, and large rounds 85.00-
95.00.  The week of 3/3-3/9, 628T of grinding alfalfa and 375T of dairy alfalfa 
were delivered.  

***Prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. Dairy alfalfa 
prices are for mid and large squares unless otherwise noted. Horse hay is in 
small squares unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most recent sales. 
*CWF Certified Weed Free  

Alfalfa Quality Guidelines 
Quality       ADF     NDF   *RFV/RFQ   **TDN-100%     **TDN-90%     CP 
Supreme       <27    <34      >185        >62           >55.9       >22 
Premium      27-29  34-36    170-185    60.5-62       54.5-55.9    20-22 
Good         29-32  36-40    150-170      58-60       52.5-54.5    18-20 
Fair         32-35  40-44    130-150      56-58       50.5-52.5    16-18 
Utility       >35    >44      <130        <56           <50.5       <16 
  
*RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula. **TDN calculated using the Western 
formula. Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 90%). 
Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of sale (usage).  
 
Source: Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture - Manhattan, Kansas 
Kim Nettleton   785-564-6709  
Posted to the Internet:  www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/DC_GR310.txt