Hay prices have dropped slightly in some areas as winter wanes and temperatures rise. Overall, though, prices are holding mostly steady at levels well below those of a year ago.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early March. 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) $150-190
California (Imperial Valley) 120-130
Idaho 140
Kansas (southwestern) 190-230
Kansas (northwestern) 200-250
Nevada 90-110
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 100
Utah 90-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-160
Wyoming 90-135
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $160-170 (D)
California (central) 180 (D)
California (Imperial Valley) 128
Colorado (large squares) 110-120
Idaho 90-95
Iowa (Rock Valley, large squares) 113-140
Kansas (southwestern) 115-135
Kansas (northeastern) 120-130
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 120-180
Minnesota (Pipestone, small squares) 153
Missouri 140-175
Montana (small squares) 190-200 (D)
Montana (large squares) 85-95
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-150
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Nevada 130
Oklahoma (small squares) 190-210
Oklahoma (large squares) 130-140
Oregon (Lake County) 130
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 210
Pennsylvania (central) 205
South Dakota (western) 100-110
Texas (panhandle, small squares) 200-240 (D)
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 155-170 (D)
Texas (eastern, large squares) 160-180 (D)
Utah (northern) 75-85
Utah (southern) 80-100
Wyoming 90-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $145-160 (D)
California (central) 155-160 (D)
California (Imperial Valley) 155-160
Colorado (large squares) 100-115
Idaho 103
Iowa (Rock Valley, large squares) 90-108
Kansas (southwestern) 100-120
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 90-170
Missouri 75-140
Montana (large squares) 75-85
Montana (small squares) 140-150
Nebraska (western) 75-90
Oklahoma (large squares) 110-120
Oregon (eastern) 100
Oregon (Harney County) 100
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 145-200
Pennsylvania (central) 145-185
South Dakota (east river) 130-140
South Dakota (western) 65-85
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 130-140 (D)
Texas (eastern, large squares) 130-150 (D)
Utah (northern) 50-60
Utah (southern) 60-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110
Wyoming 70-90
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125 (D)
California (central) 125-126 (D)
Colorado (large squares) 90-110
Idaho 65-85
Kansas (northeastern) 95-100
Kansas (southwestern) 60-85
Montana 55-75
Nebraska (western) 60-75
Nevada 70-80
Oklahoma (large squares) 90-100
Oregon (Lake County) 70-80
Pennsylvania (Lancaster) 95-135
South Dakota (east river) 90-100
South Dakota (western) 45-65
Utah 40-55
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90-95
Wyoming 55-80
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (good large squares) $125-150
Texas (eastern, round bales) 60-85
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 125-135 (D)
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (good small squares) $90-120
Kansas (good large squares) 75-85
Missouri (good to premium) 90-150
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 125-135 (D)
Straw: Price/ton
California (southern) $80-90
Kansas 45-60
Nebraska (western) 50
South Dakota (western) 40
Wyoming 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $200-205
Nebraska 175-185
Wyoming 168 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $138-160
South Dakota 145
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (export) $90-110
Wyoming 120-125