Hay prices have come down from their springtime peaks in some states, but have continued to move up in others as supplies remain very tight. Prices overall are way above year-ago levels almost everywhere, in many cases setting summer records.

These prices were gathered in early August by USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are for bulk sales. u

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

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $180-220 (D)
Idaho 175-180
Kansas 180-230
Montana 175-205
Oregon 190-240
Utah 180-225
Washington (Columbia Basin) 250-270
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $255-272 (D)
California (central) 240-257
Colorado (northeastern) 160-225
Colorado (southwestern) 190-255
Idaho 238
Illinois (northern) 160-205
Illinois (southern) 185-240
Kansas (southwestern) 170-185
Missouri 150-175
Montana (western) 140-150
Nebraska (northeastern) 180-200
Nebraska (western) 135-145
Nevada 220
New Mexico (eastern) 210-250
New Mexico (southeastern) 190-210
Oklahoma 140-170
Oregon (eastern) 220
Oregon (Lake County) 225-235
South Dakota (western) 85-100
Texas (panhandle) 200-270 (D)
Texas (eastern) 230-260 (D)
Utah 150-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 225
Wyoming 140-160
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $250-255
California (central) 250 (D)
California (southern) 245 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 150-200
Colorado (southwestern) 185
Idaho 205
Illinois (northern) 160-185
Illinois (southern) 185-240
Kansas (southwestern) 150-175
Kansas (southeastern) 130-150
Montana 125-130
Nebraska (western) 110-130
New Mexico (eastern) 185-200 (D)
New Mexico (southeastern) 155-175
Oklahoma 105-135
Oregon (eastern) 175-200
Texas (panhandle) 175-230 (D)
Texas (eastern) 180-200 (D)
Utah 130-150
Wyoming (eastern) 135-150
Wyoming (western) 120-140
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $225-250
California (central) 235-242 (D)
California (southern) 235-245 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 140-150 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 140-150
Idaho 150-200
Illinois (northern) 120-150
Illinois (southern) 130-160
Kansas (south central) 100-120
Kansas (northeastern) 70-80
Nebraska (western) 100-110
New Mexico (southeastern) 135-155 (D)
Oklahoma 70-95
Oregon 150-180
Wyoming (western) 98
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas $85-110
Missouri (good to premium) 90-150
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $190
Colorado (southeastern) 125 (D)
Idaho (good quality) 135
Nevada 150
New Mexico 150-165 (D)
South Dakota (western) 75
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Missouri (good to premium) $80-125
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $60-70
Illinois (northern) 70-120
Kansas (south central) 55-60
Kansas (northeastern) 50-55
Nebraska (western) 50-55
Nevada 80-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 55-75
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $225
Nebraska 215-220
Wyoming 179 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $170-180
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
California (northern) $190
Nevada 180-200
Utah 190-200
Wyoming 130-165