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Demand, act slow during limited testing in Kansas

Demand is low and trading activity is slow on a limited basis, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, May 28.

Few people are moving hay this week as producers across the state continue to plant, windrow and spray. Still no signs of new crop prices as people try to clear their barns of last season’s hay. Prices are based on averages and per tonne, unless otherwise stated.

Southwest—Ask low. Trading activity is slow to moderate. Dairy alfalfa prices are stable. Alfalfa price stable, milled and delivered alfalfa price stable. Alfalfa: Dairy, $1.35-$1.45/point RFV. Fair/Good, old crop milling alfalfa, large rounds, $105-$115, large 3×4 and 4×4 squares, $105-$120. Milled and delivered locally to feed lots and dairies, $160-$170. Teff, small squares, $9-$10/bale. CRP grass hay, large rounds, $75-$80/bale. For the week ending May 25, 10,572 tons of milled alfalfa and no dairy alfalfa were purchased or sold.

South Central—Ask low. Trading activity is slow. Dairy alfalfa prices stable. The grinding of alfalfa stable, the price of alfalfa pellets stable. Sharpened and delivered stable. Alfalfa: Dairy $1.30-$1.40/point RFV. Good foundation cow, $190-$200. Fair/good old crops milling alfalfa, large rounds, $135-$140 delivered, 3×4 and 4×4 squares, $135-$145 delivered. Alfalfa ground and delivered, $185-$195. Sun-dried alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, $270-$280, 17% protein, $280-$285, dehydrated 17% protein, $385-$400. Bluestem grass hay, large rounds and large squares, $125-$130. For the week ending May 25, 4,547.5 tons of ground alfalfa and 1,300 tons of dairy alfalfa were purchased or sold.

Southeast—Ask low. Trading activity is slow. The price for dairy alfalfa is stable, the price for Bluestem and brome hay is stable. Dairy $1.35-$1.45/point RFV. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $200-$205, large rounds, $130-$140, large 3×4 and 4×4 squares, $150-$170. Brome, small squares, $200-$205, large 3×4 and 4×4 squares, $180-$200. Cornstalks, large rounds, $55-$65. For the week ending May 25, 1,324.5 tons of grass hay were purchased or sold.

North West—Ask low. Trading activity is slow. Prices for dairy alfalfa and ground alfalfa are stable. Horse alfalfa, small squares, $13.25 per bale. Dairy, Premium/Supreme $1.35-$1.45/point RFV. Good alfalfa, 3×3 squares, $180, premium, 3×3 squares, $225. Fair/good ground alfalfa, $100. Sudan Grand Tours, $60-$70.

North central/northeast—Ask low. Trading activity is slow. Dairy alfalfa stable, ground alfalfa stable, ground and delivered stable, and grass hay stable to $5 higher. Alfalfa: Dairy $1.30-$1.40/point RFV. Premium horse hay, small squares, $13 per bale. Fair/Good, alfalfa grind, large rounds, $140-$160, large 3×4 squares, $165-$175. Alfalfa ground and delivered, $175-$185. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $8-$9/bale, large rounds, $80-$90/bale, large 3×4 and 4×4 squares, $130-$140/ton. Brome, small squares, $10-$14/bale, large rounds, $95-$100/bale. Wheat straw, large squares, $100-$110. For the week ending May 25, 415 tons of milled alfalfa and 366 tons of dairy alfalfa were purchased or sold.

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

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