September Hay Prices Ease A Bit, USDA Reports | MARKETING content from Hay & Forage Grower

U.S. hay prices trended downward in September, according to USDA’s monthly Agricultural Prices report released last week.

At $176/ton, the all-hay price for the month was down $4 from the August price and $9 from last September’s. Alfalfa, at $194/ton, was $6 lower in price than it was in August and $12 below the September 2012 price.

New Mexico registered the highest alfalfa price, $246/ton, among the 27 reporting states. Colorado, Missouri and Texas tied for second-highest price at $235/ton. The alfalfa price was lowest in North Dakota at $118/ton.

Two Upper Midwestern states had significant month-to-month increases in alfalfa prices. In Wisconsin, the price jumped $40/ton, from $160/ton in August to $200/ton in September and neighboring Minnesota’s price rose by $25/ton, from $165 to $190.

The national average corn price dipped in September. At $5.28/bu, the price was down 93 cents/bu from last month’s total and $1.61/bu below the September 2012 price.