High-quality alfalfa hay for the dairy market remains in strong demand. But the end of winter has slowed movement of other hay, softening prices. These prices were gathered by USDA in early April. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are bulk unless otherwise indicated.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Idaho $75-130
Kansas (southwestern) 100-160
Kansas (northeastern) 100-130
Oregon 110-120
Utah 75-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $190 (D)
California (central) 172-190 (D)
California (southern) 160-175 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Illinois 110-130
Kansas (southwestern) 95-105
Kansas (southeastern) 80-100
Missouri 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-120
Nevada (northwestern) 140-145
New Mexico 125-155
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (Lake County) 120
South Dakota (east river) 90-110
South Dakota (western) 70-85
Texas (panhandle) 130-175 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-160
Utah (northern) 75-90
Utah (Unitah Basin) 70-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-115
Wyoming (eastern) 70-85
Wyoming (Torrington) 89
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170 (D)
California (central) 167-183 (D)
California (southern) 160-165 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 65-75
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 80
Idaho 80
Illinois 90-110
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Maurice) 75-85
Kansas 75-95
Minnesota (southwestern) 60-72
Montana 60-75
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-115
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada 125
New Mexico 110-135
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (Lake County) 90
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
South Dakota (western) 60-65
Texas (panhandle) 110-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 115-125
Utah (northern) 50-65
Utah (southern) 60-75
Virginia 122
Wyoming 60-70
Wyoming (Torrington) 66-80
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $130-145 (D)
California (southern) 118-120 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 50-55
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 65-75
Idaho 75
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (central) 55-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 60
Iowa (Maurice) 59-61
Kansas (southeastern) 60-70
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-57
Montana 45-50
Nebraska (western) 35-55
Nevada 90-100
New Mexico 85-95
Oklahoma 70-80
South Dakota (Alcester) 57-59
Texas (panhandle) 90-105 (D)
Texas (eastern) 100-110 (D)
Utah (northern) 40-45
Utah (southern) 45-55
Wyoming 50-60
Wyoming (Torrington) 60-74
Oat hay Price/ton
California (central) $130
Colorado 70
Idaho 65
New Mexico 105-110
Texas (panhandle) 110 (D)
Wyoming 50-65
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $120-135
Nevada 180
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $55-90
Nebraska 20-30
Wyoming 39
17% Dehydrated alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $120
Nebraska 115-120
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $99
Kansas 85-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $100-115
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140
Wyoming 80-90