Given the large proportion of New Mexico’s water that goes to irrigating alfalfa and other crops to feed to dairy cows and cattle, the price of alfalfa matters a great deal to the state’s long term water use patterns. And the price of alfalfa right now is very good, according to the folks at Hay and Forage:
Alfalfa prices throughout New Mexico are strong, reports Justin Boswell, executive director of the New Mexico Hay Association.
Small bales of alfalfa sell in the $285/ton range, while good-quality large bales average about $255/ton, he says.
“Good-grade hay is moving just as quick as guys can put it up.”