USDA reported last week that hay prices in the U.S. edged upward in April.
U.S. hay prices pushed upward in April compared to those of the previous month, according to the Agricultural Prices report released by USDA last week.
At $191/ton, the average all-hay price in the 27 reporting states was up by $18 in April as compared to the March price. A year earlier in April, the all-hay price averaged $195/ton.
Drought-stricken California reported the highest price at $239/ton, followed by New Mexico’s $232, Nevada’s $226, Arizona’s $225 and Oregon’s $220/ton prices. Missouri had the lowest all-hay price – $94/ton.
The average U.S. alfalfa price in April was $206/ton. That’s up by $15/ton from the March average, but $7/ton lower than the April 2013 price. Pennsylvania saw the sharpest price increase from March to April, rising $29/ton to average $233/ton. In two states, the price rose during the month by $20/ton; in California, it increased to $250/ton and in New York to $205/ton.
In Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, alfalfa prices dropped by $20/ton in April. The price was $150/ton in Michigan, $165 in Ohio and $170 in Wisconsin.