Here’s the weekly hay report from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
Alfalfa trade slow. Grass hay trade mostly moderate. Alfalfa demand light from dairies, light to moderate from most other sources. Grass hay demand moderate to good from cattlemen and horsemen. Drought conditions continue to worsen in many areas and most grass hay producers do not expect another cutting. Likewise most dry-land alfalfa will not produce a fourth cutting. Sellers continue to resist current bids for Premium and Supreme alfalfa and their barns are generally full. Triple digit temperatures this week stressing livestock, crops and pastures. In Oklahoma feedlot placements during May were up 23 percent from last year but the total number of cattle on feed was still down 10 percent from last year as of June 1. Market News continues to maintain an online hay directory for both in-state and out-of-state hay producers. The directories are on the ODAFF homepage at www.oda.state.ok.us. Producers wishing to list hay are encouraged to call at 1-800-580-6543 or email email@example.com. Alfalfa Central Oklahoma: New Crop: Prices steady. Premium quality large squares bales 190.00-200.00 mostly 190.00. Horse hay 230.00-250.00. Good quality square and round bales 170.00-180.00 in the field, 200.00 out of the barn. Fair quality 140.00- 160.00, mostly 150.00. Utility quality 125.00-130.00. Horse hay in square bales 8.00-10.00, mostly 9.00 per bale. Alfalfa Eastern Oklahoma: Prices steady in very light test. Good quality 140.00-160.00, delivered 180.00-210.00. Horse hay 230.00-250.00. Utility to Fair quality 120.00-140.00. Good quality small square bales 8.00-10.00 per bale. Western Oklahoma: Steady. Premium quality 180.00-200.00, mostly 190.00. Horse hay 230.00-250.00. Good quality 150.00-160.00. Grinding hay at edge of field 135.00-150.00. Fair and Utility 125.00-140.00. Grass Hay Central Oklahoma: Prices steady. Fair to Good quality round bales mixed grass 4 X 5 and 4 X 6 40.00-50.00 per bale. Good quality 5 X 6 bales 60.00-65.00 per bale in light test. Good quality Bermuda grass 4 X 5 bales 45.00-55.00 per bale. 5 X 6 bales 60.00-70.00 per bale, instances 75.00. Small square bales of Bermuda 6.00-9.00 per bale. Small square bales Prairie hay 5.00-7.00 per bale. Western Oklahoma: Mostly steady. Mixed grass 4x5 bales 40.00-50.00 per bale. 5 X 6 bales Fair to Good Bermuda 65.00-75.00 per bale, Horse quality 80.00- 100.00 per bale. Good quality wheat straw delivered locally 85.00 per ton. Good quality wheat straw 5 X 5 1/2 round bales 35.00 per bale in the field. Eastern Oklahoma: Prices steady. Fair to Good mixed grass hay 4 X 5 bales, 40.00-50.00 per bale and 80.00-100.00 per ton. 5 X 5 1/2 and 5 X 6 bales 55.00-65.00, mostly 60.00. Small square bales of Bermuda grass 6.00-9.00 per bale, mostly 6.00-7.00 per bale. Prairie hay and mixed grass small squares 5.00-7.00 per bale. Prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. 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%).