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KayDee Gilkey Regional Weekly Hay Report
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: March 13, 2017

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Here is USDA Grain and Livestock Reporter Greg Sanders with the Columbia Basin Hay report from last week.

Sanders: “We had 4,900 tons of hay trade. Compared to last week, export and domestic alfalfa steady in a light test. Trade was slow to moderate with good demand. Demand remains excellent for feeder hay for immediate shipment and payment. Road conditions have improved. Retail and feed store hay not tested this week. Alfalfa mid squares premium export quality sold for $120 a ton. Utility feeder hay that was tarped sold for $75 a ton.”

In Idaho compared to the previous week alfalfa was steady in a light test. Trade was slow with very good demand as supplies are in firm hands. Mid squares of alfalfa rated premium to supreme tarped sold for $125 per ton.

In Oregon prices trended generally steady in a limited test compared to the previous week’s prices. Most demand is with the retail/stable hay. Many producers are sold out for the year. In Central Oregon large square bales of alfalfa rated fair to good sold between $125 to $130 per ton. Small bales of orchard grass rated premium for the retail/stable market sold between $235 to $250 per ton. In Lake County large squares of supreme alfalfa sold between $180 and $210 per ton. In Eastern Oregon large squares of alfalfa rated good sold for $130 per ton. In Klamath Basin mid-squares of premium alfalfa sold for $170 per ton. There were no sales confirmed in Harney County.

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