Hay supplies are so tight almost nationwide that fair-quality alfalfa hay is worth almost as much as premium-quality alfalfa was two or three years ago. Some reasonably priced hay still is available, though — check out the prices listed for Iowa, Montana and South Dakota.

The following prices were gathered in mid-February by USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are for bulk sales.

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Colorado (northeastern) $215
Colorado (southwestern) 255-290
Kansas 150-200
Montana 200
Nebraska (western) 150
Nevada (western) 190-200
Oregon 140-165
Utah 125-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 170-180
Wyoming 140
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $240-248 (D)
California (southern) 200-220
Colorado (large squares) 145-160
Illinois (northern) 160-180
Illinois (southern) 180-225
Iowa (central) 100-150
Iowa (Rock Valley) 113-130
Kansas (southwestern) 140-150
Kansas (northwestern) 125-135
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 235-280
Missouri 140-175
Montana 130-140
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-145
Nebraska (western) 115-120
Nevada (western) 190-200
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Lake County) 165
South Dakota (east river) 130-150
South Dakota (western) 90-110
Texas (panhandle) 180-230 (D)
Texas (western) 190-215
Texas (eastern) 190-220 (D)
Utah 125-150
Wyoming (western) 110-125
Wyoming (eastern) 120-135
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $245 (D)
California (central) 235
California (southern) 210-220 (D)
Colorado (large squares) 120-140
Idaho 140-145
Illinois (northern) 140-160
Illinois (southern) 150-200
Iowa (Rock Valley) 103
Kansas (northwestern) 120-140
Kansas (southwestern) 110-125
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 160-220
Missouri 90-160
Montana 95-120
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 85-115
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (Lake County) 160
South Dakota (east river) 105-120
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (panhandle) 140-200 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-190 (D)
Utah 100-125
Washington (Columbia Basin) 155
Wyoming (eastern) 110-125
Wyoming (western) 100-110
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $215-235 (D)
California (central) 215
California (southern) 190 (D)
Colorado (large squares) 100-125
Idaho 135
Illinois (northern) 120-150
Illinois (southern) 140-160
Kansas (southwestern) 100-120
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Oklahoma 65-85
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Texas (panhandle) 120-135 (D)
Wyoming 95-110
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Missouri $60-130
Kansas 90-120
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Colorado $200-215
Montana 150
Nevada (premium) 280
Washington (Columbia Basin) 210-245
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado (large squares) $60-70
Illinois (northern) 80-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 68-75
Kansas 35-60
Montana 35-80
Nebraska (western) 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $205
Nebraska 195-200
Wyoming 179 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $150-160
South Dakota 160
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (premium export) $150-180
Wyoming 130

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