Hay prices are at seasonal lows, having weakened slightly from those reported in May and running well below year-ago levels in most areas. In a few states, high-quality alfalfa is bringing over $100/ton less than at this time last year.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late July. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and 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 (central) $90
California (southern) 80-113
Kansas (southwestern) 190-250
Kansas (northeastern) 150-220
Oregon (central) 150-195
Utah 100-125
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-160
Wyoming 110-135
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130-145 (D)
California (central) 130-150 (D)
California (southern) 145 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 130-215
Colorado (northeastern) 130-200
Iowa (central) 200
Kansas 110-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 105
Missouri 80-150
Montana 100-175
New Mexico (eastern) 160-170 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 135-150 (D)
Oklahoma (large squares) 145-160
Oklahoma (small squares) 180-200
Oregon (eastern) 130
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 125
South Dakota (east river) 120-130
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 160-180 (D)
Texas (panhandle, small squares) 235-260 (D)
Texas (eastern, small squares) 235-300 (D)
Utah 80-90
Virginia 135
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125-135
Wyoming 110-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $105-125 (D)
California (central) 110-135 (D)
California (southern) 135 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 110-150 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 125-135
Iowa (central) 175-180
Kansas 100-128
Minnesota (southwestern) 75-90
Missouri 80-150
Montana 80-110
Nebraska (western) 80-85
Nevada (western) 80
New Mexico (eastern) 135-150
New Mexico (southern) 125-135
Oklahoma (large squares) 120-135
Oklahoma (small squares) 145-160
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 90-110
Oregon (Harney County) 120
South Dakota (western) 75-80
Texas (panhandle, small squares) 180-235 (D)
Texas (eastern, large squares) 130-165 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-115
Wyoming 85-90
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $85-98 (D)
California (central) 98-110 (D)
California (southern) 105-118 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Kansas (northeastern) 60-80
Kansas (southwestern) 95-105
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-65
Nebraska (western) 65
Nevada (western) 80
Nevada (northern) 75
New Mexico (southeastern) 110-115
Oklahoma (large squares) 90-110
Oklahoma (small squares) 90-110
South Dakota (east river) 75
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 80-110 (D)
Texas (eastern, large squares) 110-130 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90
Wyoming 70-80
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $85 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 60-65 (D)
New Mexico 100-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 75
Wyoming 60-65
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Missouri (good to premium) $80-125
Texas (panhandle) 90-130 (D)
Teff hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $155
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $240-260
Nevada 200-255
Oregon (eastern) 200-270
Virginia (good) 80
Washington (Columbia Basin) 190-280
Straw: Price/ton
California (northern) $55
California (southern) 80-95 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 50-60 (D)
Kansas (southwestern) 45-60
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $205-210
Nebraska 180-190
Wyoming 168 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
South Dakota $150
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (export) $100-125
Wyoming 135