Introducing Fieldgram product symbols

Take a look at one of our product listings. You will see a title along these lines:

Alfalfa 3x4x8 US AZ Maricopa M.

Each title contains six elements, in this order:

  1. Common name of forage;
  2. Type of bale packaging;
  3. Two-letter code for country of origin;
  4. Two-letter code for state or province;
  5. Name of the county or parish where the hay was produced; and,
  6. One-letter code for supplier type.

This product-naming convention helps buyers quickly understand a lot of useful information about a given forage lot. The possible values for each element are:

Common name

The first element of the product title is the common name associated with the botanical name of the forage. For example, “alfalfa” is the common name of “Medicago sativa L.” Similarly, “bermudagrass” is the common name of “Cynodon dactylon L.”

We do not include hay varieties, such as the “coastal” or “Giant” types of bermudagrass, within the product symbols, but do list this important information within the product descriptions.

Bale packaging

All of our hay listings conform to a specific list of packaging types. We represent these within the product title as follows:

  • 2-Stand” for small rectangular (“square”) bales bound with two poly twine or wire strands;
  • 3-Strand” for small rectangular(“square”) bales bound with three poly twine or wire strands;
  • 3x3x8” for large rectangular bales having nominal dimensions of 3 feet by 3 feet by 8 feet (width x height x length);
  • 3x4x8” for large rectangular bales having nominal dimensions of 3 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet (width x height x length); and,
  • 4x4x8” for large rectangular bales having nominal dimensions of 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet (width x height x length).

Country of origin

The third element of the product title contains a two-letter code for the forage’s country of origin, using the ISO 1366 standard.

State or province

The fourth element of the product title contains a two-letter code for the forage’s state or province of origin, using the ISO 1366 standard.

County or parish

The fifth element of the product title contains the full name of the county or parish of origin for the hay listing.

Supplier type

The sixth and final element of the product title indicates supplier type. Each supplier falls within one of these three categories:

  • G” stands for “grower.” We use this symbol to denote that the seller both grew and produced (harvested and baled) the hay.
  • P” stands for “producer.” We use this symbol to indicate that the seller harvested and baled the hay, i.e., was a “custom baler,” but did not grow it.
  • M” stands for “merchant.” We use this symbol to represent the hay as merchant only, i.e., he purchased it from a grower, producer, or another merchant.

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