- Author: Daniel H Putnam
Alfalfa hay prices were quite painful for alfalfa producers in 2015-16 as low commodity prices and lack of profitability in the dairy sector drove hay prices to the lowest level in many years. While high quality hays still fetched good prices, price for lower quality hays often were $80-$100/ton lower than high quality alfalfa due to high supplies and lack of demand.
This was a year that a lot of hay producers would like to forget.
The hay industry in California was worth between $1.5 billion and nearly $1.8 billion dollars in 2011-2015 (farm value), including both alfalfa and grass hays...