Kansas Hay Report
DC_GR310
Manhattan, KS   Tue Feb 6, 2018    Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kansas Hay Market Report                        

Ground alfalfa movement:  Southwest/South Central 
Tonnage:  9,217/4,515     Last week: 9,753/4,689	  Last year: 10,948/5,658
             
Hay market activity slow to moderate; Demand good for all alfalfa, as supplies 
and offerings for alfalfa continue to be scarce. Grass hay inquiries have 
increased. Prices overall are generally steady. Windy and cold weather persists 
for much of the state and much of the northern half of the state saw at least 
some snow accumulation over the weekend.     According to the U.S. Drought 
Monitor, moderate and severe drought expanded in Kansas. It is reported that 
wells are drying up, creeks and springs are going dry, and ponds are near 2012 
drought levels, especially in the central part of the state. According to end-
of-January USDA reports, 79% of the topsoil in Kansas was rated short to very 
short of moisture (dry to very dry) and 44% of the winter wheat crop was in poor 
to very poor condition. The abnormally dry (D0) category is at 100 pct, moderate 
drought (D1) is at 65 pct, severe drought (D2) is at 29 pct and extreme drought 
(D3) remains at 4 pct.  If you have hay for sale, 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, and ground/delivered steady, grinding alfalfa 5.00 
higher; movement moderate. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 240.00-250.00. Dairy, 
.85-.95/point RFV, Supreme 155.00-175.00, Premium 155.00-165.00, Good 135.00-
155.00.  Stock or Dry Cow alfalfa, 115.00-125.00.  Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 
130.00-140.00 with an instance at 150.00. Ground and delivered locally to 
feedlots and dairies, 145.00-155.00 with an instance at 160.00-165.00. Grass 
hay: Bluestem large squares 80.00-90.00. The week of 1/28-2/3, 9,217T of 
grinding alfalfa and 2,119T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Cornstalks: large 
rounds 55.00-65.00, ground and delivered 70.00-75.00. 

South Central Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, alfalfa pellets, stock cow and ground/delivered 
steady, grinding alfalfa steady to 5.00 higher; movement moderate. Alfalfa: 
horse, small squares 240.00-245.00. Dairy, .90-.95/point RFV. Supreme 155.00-
165.00, Premium 150.00-160.00, Good 130.00-150.00. Stock cow alfalfa, 135.00-
140.00 delivered. Fair/Good grinding alfalfa, 110.00-125.00 with instance at 
130.00.  Ground and delivered locally to feedlots 135.00-145.00. Alfalfa 
pellets: Sun Cured 15 pct protein 175.00-180.00, 17 pct protein 180.00-190.00, 
Dehydrated 17 pct 207.00-217.00. The week of 1/28-2/3, 4,515T of grinding 
alfalfa and 805T of dairy alfalfa were delivered. Grass hay: bluestem, large 
squares 80.00-90.00, large rounds 65.00-75.00; Oat hay, large squares 95.00-
100.00, Sudan large rounds 70.00-75.00. Cornstalks: large rounds 55.00-60.00, 
cornstalks ground and delivered 60.00-70.00, Straw mid to large squares 50.00-
65.00. 

Southeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered and horse/goat 
steady; movement slow to moderate.  Alfalfa: horse or goat, 215.00-225.00.  
Dairy .80-.90/point RFV. Stock cow alfalfa 120.00-130.00.  Fair/Good grinding 
alfalfa 95.00-105.00. Ground and delivered, 115.00-125.00. Grass hay: bluestem, 
premium small squares 110.00-120.00 with instances at 130.00-140.00. Good, mid 
and large squares 80.00-100.00, large rounds 65.00-75.00. Brome: small squares 
6.00-8.00/bale. Good, mid and large squares 100.00-120.00, large rounds 70.00-
80.00. Oat hay, large rounds 75.00-85.00. The week of 1/28-2/3, 1,369T of grass 
hay were delivered. Straw, mid and large squares 50.00-60.00. Mulch, large 
rounds 50.00-55.00

Northwest Kansas 	
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa and ground/delivered steady; movement slow to 
moderate. Alfalfa: small squares, 5.00-6.00/bale. Horse or goat, 175.00-200.00. 
Dairy, Premium/Supreme .80-.95/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good 110.00-120.00. 
Fair/good grinding alfalfa, 90.00-100.00. Ground and delivered locally to 
feedlots and dairies, 105.00-110.00. Cornstalks, large rounds 80.00-85.00.

North Central-Northeast Kansas 
Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement 
slow to moderate.  Alfalfa: horse, small squares 9.00-10.00/bale. Dairy .95-
1.05/point RFV, Supreme 175.00-195.00, Premium 170.00-185.00, Good 150.00-
170.00.  Stock Cow, good 110.00-120.00. Fair/Good, grinding alfalfa, 100.00-
110.00 with an instance at 120.00. Ground and delivered, 125.00-140.00 Grass 
hay: bluestem, small squares 5.00-6.00/bale, large squares 95.00-105.00, large 
rounds 65.00-75.00.  Brome: Good, small squares 6.00-7.00/bale delivered, mid 
and large squares, 115.00-125.00, good large rounds 80.00-85.00. Sudan large 
rounds 60.00-70.00; Straw: small squares, 4.00-5.00/bale, large squares 75.00-
85.00, large rounds 65.00-75.00. Certified weed-free grass mulch small squares 
4.00-5.00/bale, large rounds 45.00/bale.

***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 

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