Hay prices lower for horse owners, dairy farmers

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Utah horse and livestock owners are paying lower prices for alfalfa hay, Utah's No. 1 cash crop.

Baled alfalfa hay was $190 per ton in June, down $1 per ton from the previous month and down $8 from last year. Other hay at $153 per ton was the same as the previous month but down $5 from last year, according to a report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Utah's planted acreage, including hay, wheat, barley, oats and corn, is up 9 percent from last year. Leading the way is alfalfa at 570,000 acres, up 14 percent from last year. Other hay acreage also is up at 165,000 acres, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. Together, all hay acreage is up 11 percent from last year, the agency's Utah Field Office said.