Hay prices throughout the country are holding mostly steady, but are below the peak levels reached several months ago. However, most remain significantly higher than year-ago figures.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early January. 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) $250 (D)
California (central) 235-240 (D)
Kansas (southwestern) 210-250
Montana (premium quality) 200-205
Nevada 160-200
Utah 180-225
Washington (Columbia Basin) 220-225
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $218-235 (D)
California (central) 200-210 (D)
California (Imperial Valley) 150
Colorado (southwestern) 180-290
Colorado (northeastern) 160-275
Idaho 150
Iowa (Maurice) 120-128
Iowa (Rock Valley) 120-145
Kansas (southwestern) 170-185
Kansas (northeastern) 160-180
Minnesota (southwestern) 118-135
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 140-170
Missouri 150-175
Nebraska (northeastern) 170-200
Nebraska (western) 135-145
Nevada (western) 180 (D)
Oklahoma 165-195
Oregon (Crook County) 220
South Dakota (Alcester) 125
South Dakota (east river) 180
South Dakota (western) 85-120
Texas (panhandle) 200-260 (D)
Texas (eastern) 230-300 (D)
Utah 150
Wyoming 140-150
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $135-140
California (Imperial Valley) 160
Colorado (northeastern) 150-200
Colorado (southwestern) 170-220
Idaho 125
Iowa (Maurice) 90-115
Iowa (Rock Valley) 83-118
Iowa (central) 140-170
Kansas (southwestern) 150-175
Kansas (southeastern) 130-150
Minnesota (southwestern) 93-113
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 120-150
Missouri 90-160
Nevada (western) 150-175
Nebraska (western) 110-130
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 170
South Dakota (Alcester) 105-115
South Dakota (east river) 175
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 170-230 (D)
Texas (eastern) 180-230 (D)
Utah 125
Wyoming 120-140
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-200 (D)
California (central) 120-140
California (Imperial Valley) 125-165
Colorado (northeastern) 130-140 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 160-170
Iowa (Rock Valley) 80
Kansas (southwestern) 125-150
Minnesota (southwestern) 83-85
Nebraska (western) 95-110
Nevada (western) 130-150
Oklahoma 100-125
South Dakota (east river) 120
South Dakota (western) 50-65
Washington (Columbia Basin) 150-175
Wyoming 98-110
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
California (Imperial Valley) $195-210
Missouri (fair to good) 70-100
Texas (panhandle) 125-140 (D)
Texas (eastern) 40-90
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas $80-110
Missouri 60-150
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $190
Colorado (northeastern) 115-125
Idaho (premium) 100
Oregon (Harney County) 125
South Dakota (western) 75
Wyoming 80-85
Teff hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $220
Washington (Columbia Basin) 200
Straw: Price/ton
California (southern) $40-50
Colorado 50-70
Iowa (Rock Valley) 78
Kansas 50-60
Nebraska (western) 50-55
South Dakota (east river) 65-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 45-65
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $185-205
Nebraska 220-225
Wyoming 190 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $180-195
South Dakota 170
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
California (northern) $200
Utah (export) 190-200
Wyoming 140