Hay movement has been below-normal for this time of year in recent weeks, and prices aren't moving much, either. In some cases, growers may be holding on to their supplies hoping for higher prices later. In others, demand is down as buyers are waiting to build in their wintertime supplies.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early December. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices; all others are at the farm. Pellet prices are for bulk sales.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to “USDA Hay Prices” at hayandforage.com.

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $154 (D)
Idaho 100-125
Kansas (southwestern) 190-250
Nevada 100
Oregon (Crook County) 150-160
Utah 90-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-160
Wyoming 120-135
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $148 (D)
California (central) 120
California (southern) 140 (D)
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 110-130
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 115-120
Idaho 120-125
Illinois (northern) 160-180
Illinois (southern) 160-190
Kansas (southwestern) 115-135
Kansas (northeastern) 120-130
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 160-175
Missouri 140-175
Montana (small squares) 150-180
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-95
Nebraska (western) 90-115
Nevada 120-125
Oklahoma (large squares) 130-145
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 110
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 170-185
Pennsylvania (central) 230
South Dakota (east river) 125-130
South Dakota (western) 100-110
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 150-165 (D)
Texas (eastern, large squares) 160-170 (D)
Utah 75-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120
Wyoming (western) 90-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $120-125 (D)
California (southern) 95
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 90-110
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 110-115
Idaho 90-105
Illinois (northern) 140-160
Illinois (southern) 120-160
Kansas (southwestern) 100-115
Kansas (southeastern) 100-128
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 120-160
Missouri (square bales) 100-150
Montana (small squares) 130-150
Nebraska (western) 75-90
Nevada 90-115
Oklahoma (large squares) 110-125
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 130-177
Pennsylvania (central) 120-165
South Dakota (east river) 75-90
South Dakota (western) 70-85
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 120-125
Texas (eastern, large squares) 120-130
Utah 50-60
Wyoming 70-96
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $95-135 (D)
California (central) 85-90
California (southern) 80-90
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 80-85
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 95-110
Idaho 65-70
Illinois (northern) 90-110
Kansas (southwestern) 100-105
Kansas (northeastern) 90-110
Nebraska (western) 60-75
Nevada 70-80
Oklahoma (large squares) 90-100
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 80
Oregon (Lake County) 110
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 110-130
Pennsylvania (central) 75-105
South Dakota (western) 50-70
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 105-120
Utah (northern) 40-45
Utah (southern) 45-50
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100
Wyoming 60-80
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
Missouri (fair to good) $70-100
Texas 115-125 (D)
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (good) $75-120
Missouri (good to premium) 80-125
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $75-80
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 80-100
Idaho (good) 45-50
Kansas (good) 60
Oregon 75
Wyoming 60-80
Straw: Price/ton
California (central) $45
Colorado 55 (D)
Idaho 35
Iowa (Rock Valley) 70
Illinois (small squares) 125-150
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 115-160
Wyoming 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $205
Nebraska 175-185
Wyoming 168 (D)