This dairy-quality haystack is typical of those found in California’s Tulare County.
U.S. hay prices continued to inch upward in March, according to an Agricultural Prices report released last week by USDA.
The all-hay price received by farmers in March averaged $196/ton, up $2/ton from February’s price, and up $13/ton compared to the March 2012 price. For the 27 reporting states, Colorado had the highest average all-hay price – $244/ton; Texas reported the lowest – $115/ton.
The average alfalfa price in the U.S. during March was $219/ton, up $1/ton from that of the previous month. In March 2012, the average alfalfa price was $200/ton.
Ohio and Wisconsin reported the highest average March alfalfa price of $255/ton. Yet, in both states, that represented a $5/ton drop from the February price. In Arizona, the average price of $220/ton in March was $20/ton higher than the February average price. North Dakota’s average alfalfa price of $144/ton was the lowest among reporting states for the month.
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