Arizona Hay Report: 11/14/2014

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November 14, 2014

Hay supplies rebound in 2014/15

USDA’s Nov. 13 Feed Outlook report recapped the domestic hay situation.

U.S. production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is up 12% in 2014, with notable year-over-year production gains forecast. As of Oct. 1, production gains were expected in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Yield gains and expanded area harvested contribute to the 6.94-million-ton production increase. Yields averaged 3.55 tons per acres in 2014, up from 3.24 tons in 2013. Area harvested is forecast to rise from 17.76 million acres to 18.19 million. Increases in area harvested are not attributable to a substantial expansion in any single state. Rather, most states posted modest positive gains; only 8 of the 29 reporting states indicate a decline in area harvested.

Despite production gains, hay prices have generally remained robust over the past year. For example, in October 2013, the all hay, alfalfa and other hay prices were estimated at $174, $193, and $139/ton, respectively. In October 2014, these prices are forecast at $173, $194, and $125/ton – between 100% and 90% of the 2013 price. Strength in the dairy sector is providing price support, in addition to premiums paid for high-quality hay that is being transported to drought-affected regions of the country from areas of relative abundance.


The following is the U. S. Dept of Ag Report for November 07  (USDA does not report on Arizona Hay):

“Compared to last week: All classes traded steady on very light demand. Test hay had a firm undertone. Rain came this week leaving a half inch to an inch throughout the state.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn.”

California  Wholesale Hay Prices:  

Alfalfa is $275/ton or $13.75/bale. Expect California Alfalfa Retail to be $15.75 or more. Locally grown should be less than $15.75.

Bermuda Premium is $225.00/ton or $11.25 per bale +delivery should bring retail to $14.25/bale. We should be paying less for Arizona Bermuda.

*Unfortunately, uneducated buyers, pay  “Premium” quality prices or more for lesser quality hay.*  

6 Responses to "Arizona Hay Report: 11/14/2014"
  1. Jeff says:

    Pecos Farm changed names to Riggs North Farm, its on Riggs Rd. and Old Price Rd. They have hay for sale right now at $12.50 per bale. Their website is and has contact information on there.

  2. Claudia says:

    is there contact info for Pecos Fram?

  3. Steve says:

    Just bought some Timothy hay at Pecos Farm in Sun Lakes for $10 a 55# bale. I think they have timothy / alfalfa too.

  4. Ron says:

    This year was the worst drought in decades in America. Hay production was down all over the country. When hay production is down in other regions, states like Texas and Florida (big horse hay markets) have to start buying from other regions. This lowers supply and increases prices. Then in the winter, there is less hay supply because no new hay is produced anywhere in North America. It’s true supply and demand. That is why hay prices are going up. You are not getting ripped off, its just the markets. Also keep in mind that shipping and logistics is more costly (less of it) in Flagstaff which increases prices over a Phoenix market. If you are buying directly from a farm up there, they are going to follow market prices, so they will charge more. Hope that explains a little.

  5. Gay Spivey says:

    What the hell! we’re gettin ripped off. Hay is 4-5 buck cheaper in the valley than it is in Flagstaff. If hay is gonna go up for the winter at least give horse owner a valid reason why! so we can understand. Last year was a texas drought so what the ecuse this year?


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