U.S. hay prices dropped slightly in December, according to the USDA Agricultural Prices report released Dec. 30.

The report puts the U.S. average all-hay price in December at $168/ton, down $3/ton from November’s average. In December 2012, the all-hay price was $189/ton.

December’s alfalfa-hay price of $187/ton was down just $1/ton from that reported a month earlier. A year ago, alfalfa’s average price was $217/ton.

Of the 27 reporting states, Arizona had the largest month-to-month increase in alfalfa prices – up $20 from the November price to $190/ton. Other states with per-ton price increases for the month were Iowa, up $2; Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, up $5; Montana and Oklahoma, up $15; and Texas, increased by $4.

In Oregon, the alfalfa price dropped by $25/ton in December to $190/ton. It slid by $20/ton in Michigan and Ohio to $180 and $190/ton, respectively.

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