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Published December 12, 2011, 12:00 AM

North Dakota hay prices rise, but still lag rest of nation

The Agriculture Department said hay prices are up in North Dakota, but the state has the lowest prices in the country.

By: Associated Press,

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Agriculture Department said hay prices are up in North Dakota, but the state has the lowest prices in the country.

The USDA said baled hay in North Dakota was sold at $96 per ton in November, up from $56 for the same month a year ago.

New Mexico is at the top at $302 per ton. The national average was $176.

John Mueller, who works in the USDA’s North Dakota field office, said the state isn’t a major livestock player, so demand is lower than other states. He said most of the states with high prices have large dairy farms.

Mueller dry weather is likely driving up prices, especially in Texas, New Mexico and other Southern states.

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