Dairy producers looking for hay should be able to find what they need at reasonable prices. The lowest prices in USDA's reporting network are in Iowa, Montana and Utah, but prices are way down from year-ago levels almost everywhere.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late August. 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 (northern) $90-100
California (central) 130-142 (D)
California (southern) 135 (D)
Kansas 190-250
Oregon 125-165
Utah 100-125
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135-160
Wyoming (eastern) 120-135
Wyoming (western) 90-120
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130-155 (D)
California (central) 135-155 (D)
California (southern) 5-110
Colorado (large squares) 125-140
Colorado (small squares) 185-215
Iowa (Maurice) 95-100
Iowa (central, small squares) 200-225
Iowa (central, round bales) 100-125
Kansas 115-130
Montana (large squares) 85-110
Montana (small squares) 190-200
Nevada (eastern) 102-105
New Mexico 160-170
Oklahoma (large squares) 145-160
Oklahoma (small squares) 180-200
Oregon 120-125
South Dakota (western) 100-110
Texas (large squares) 150-160 (D)
Texas (small squares) 180-235 (D)
Utah 80-90
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135
Wyoming 90-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $95-125 (D)
California (central) 115-135 (D)
Colorado (large squares) 90-130
Colorado (small squares) 185-215
Idaho 100
Iowa (Maurice) 80-88
Kansas 100-128
Missouri 80-150
Montana (large squares) 65-80
Montana (small squares) 130-150
Nebraska (western) 80-85
Nevada (eastern) 90
New Mexico 130-150
Oklahoma (large squares) 120-135
Oklahoma (small squares) 145-160
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 90-100
South Dakota (east river) 125-130
South Dakota (western) 75-80
Texas (large squares) 125-150 (D)
Virginia 135
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120
Wyoming 75-90
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $85-105 (D)
California (central) 115-135 (D)
Colorado 80-120
Idaho 75-85
Iowa (Maurice) 55-64
Kansas (southwestern) 85-95
Kansas (northeastern) 60-75
Nebraska (western) 65-75
Nevada (eastern) 70
New Mexico 110-115 (D)
Oklahoma (large squares) 90-110
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 85
South Dakota (east river) 105
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Texas (large squares) 110-115 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90
Wyoming (eastern) 60-75
Wyoming (western) 70-80
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (square bales) $80-110
Missouri (good to premium) 80-125
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (good large squares) $125
Missouri (fair to good) 70-100
Texas (round bales) 50-80
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $75-100
California (central) 125-170 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 40-60 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 125
Wyoming 60-75
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $200
California (central) 300 (D)
Nevada (premium retail) 290
Virginia (large squares) 146
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-195
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $205-208
Nebraska 175-183
Wyoming 168 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $135-165
South Dakota 150
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Nevada (good) $65
Utah (export) 100-125
Wyoming 130-135