Compared to the last report demand remains good, prices remained mostly steady, trade activity was slow. The western half of the state remains in drought although areas surrounding western Kansas have all received some form of precipitation in the last several weeks. As the drought lingers, so do concerns for this year’s alfalfa crop. For areas east folks are busy in the field preparing ground and applying fertilizer, which has thankfully come down in price this year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for February 28th abnormal dryness and moderate to exceptional drought contracted in the northeastern region of the state. However, western Kansas and parts of southeast Colorado have missed out on the winter precipitation. The categorical percent area for Abnormally dry conditions (D0) remained near 12%, moderate drought (D1) decreased to near 7%, severe drought (D2) decreased to 13%, extreme drought (D3) decreased to near 17%, and exceptional drought (D4) remained near 35%. ** Prices below reflect the average price. There could be prices higher and lower than those published. FULL REPORT
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground and delivered steady, movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, supreme small squares 12.00-14.00/bale. Dairy, 1.40-1.50/point RFV. Good, Stock or Dry Cow 295.00-305.00. Grinding alfalfa, large rounds, 285.00-300.00, large square 3×4’s and 4×4’s 300.00-315.00. Ground and delivered locally to feed lots and dairies 340.00-350.00. Alfalfa/grass hay mix ground and delivered 300.00-310.00; Grass Hay: Bluestem: none reported. Corn stalks: none reported. The week of 2/26-3/4, 4,195.5T of grinding alfalfa and 652T of dairy alfalfa was reported bought or sold.
South Central Kansas
Dairy alfalfa, and alfalfa pellets steady, grinding alfalfa mostly steady, ground and delivered 5.00 higher, movement slow. Alfalfa: horse, small squares 325.00/ton. Dairy 1.40-1.50/point RFV. Good, Stock cow, 300.00-310.00. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, large rounds 290.00-300.00 delivered, 3×4 and 4×4’s 290.00-300.00 delivered. Alfalfa ground and delivered 310.00-320.00; Alfalfa/Soybean: ground and delivered 300.00-315.00. Alfalfa pellets: Sun cured 15 pct protein 325.00-335.00, 17 pct protein 345.00-350.00, Dehydrated 17 pct 395.00-400.00. Grass Hay: Bluestem, large rounds none reported. Sudan: large round 125.00-130.00. Corn stalks: large rounds 110.00-120.00. Soybeans, large round 140.00-150.00. Milo: large rounds 125.00-135.00. The week of 2/26-3/7, 6,848T of grinding alfalfa and 400T of dairy alfalfa was reported bought or sold.
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa steady and grass hay mixed; movement slow. Alfalfa: horse or goat, none reported. Dairy 1.40-1.50/point RFV. Good, stock cow 260.00-270.00. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, large rounds none reported, large square 3×4 285.00-295.00; Grass hay: Bluestem, small squares 160.00-165.00, good 3×4 squares 160.00-170.00, large round 120.00-
130.00, Brome, 3×4 and 4×4 squares 155.00-165.00. Corn stalks: large round 120.00-130.00 delivered. The week of 2/26-3/7, 1,179T of grass hay was reported bought or sold.
Dairy alfalfa and grinding alfalfa steady, movement slow. Alfalfa: Horse or goat, small squares 345.00-355.00 delivered, 3×3 squares 305.00-320.00 delivered. Dairy, Premium/Supreme 1.40-1.50/point RFV. Stock cow, fair/good none reported. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, large square 3×4’s 300.00-315.00. Milo stalks, large rounds 145.00-150.00.
North Central-Northeast Kansas
Dairy alfalfa, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered and bluestem grass hay steady, movement slow. Alfalfa: Dairy 1.40-1.50/point RFV; Horse hay, premium small squares, 12.50-13.50/bale, 3×4’s 290.00-300.00; Stock Cow 3×4’s 220.00-230.00. Fair/good, grinding alfalfa, large rounds 235.00-245.00, large square 3×4’s 240.00-250.00; Alfalfa ground and delivered 275.00-300.00; Alfalfa/Prairie grass mix ground and delivered 270.00-275.00. Grass hay: Bluestem, small squares 8.00-8.50/bale, large 3×4 squares 150.00-160.00, good large rounds 140.00-150.00. Brome: small squares 9.00-9.50/bale, large square 3×4’s 170.00-180.00. Sudan: large square 3×4’s 130.00-140.00 delivered. Wheat straw: small squares 6.00/bale, large rounds 110.00-115.00, large squares 115.00-125.00. Corn stalks: large rounds 95.00-100.00. The week of 2/26-3/7, 1,290T of grinding alfalfa and 150T of dairy alfalfa was reported bought or sold.
THIS HAS BEEN YOUR KANSAS HAY MARKET REPORT. THIS IS KIM NETTLETON WITH THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MANHATTAN, KS