The U.S. all-hay price for June – $183/ton – was down $16/ton from the May price. Yet it was $20/ton higher than the average price reported last June, according to USDA’s Agricultural Prices report released last week.

Alfalfa hay prices were down by $14/ton, from $215/ton in May to $201/ton in June 2012. They averaged $21/ton higher than the previous June’s $180/ton.

As in the previous month, New Mexico again reported the highest alfalfa price, $276/ton, although that was down $10/ton from May’s. Other states with prices over $200/ton, although lower than their previous month’s prices, included Arizona, at $245; Colorado, $235; Washington, $230; Oregon, $224; Nevada, $215; California, $211; Ohio, $207; and Oklahoma, $205. The alfalfa hay price for Texas averaged $225/ton, which showed a $5/ton increase over the May price.