Tight supplies of high-quality alfalfa hay coupled with more-plentiful inventories of lower-quality bales have resulted in a wider-than-normal range of prices in many states. Top-end prices overall are holding about steady at levels mostly below those of a year ago.

These prices were reported by USDA in mid-October. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Pellet prices are for bulk sales.

The list is shorter than normal due to the recent federal government shutdown. Some back-at-work market reporters hadn’t finished gathering prices when this issue went to press. For more hay prices, see the story, “Quality Hay Will Be High-Priced, Hard To Find.”

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