Dry weather in much of the country's midsection is expected to have a bullish effect on hay prices (see story, page 8). With a few exceptions, though, prices are holding steady so far.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late July. 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 HayanForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Kansas (southwestern) $100-140
Montana 85-100
Nebraska (western) 100-125
New Mexico 150-165
Oregon 125-145
Utah 90-120
Wyoming (eastern) 109
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $165-195 (D)
California (central) 172-210 (D)
California (southern) 190-200 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 145
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 100-140
Idaho 118-120
Illinois (southern) 110-140
Iowa (Rock Valley) 93
Iowa (Maurice) 95
Kansas (northwestern) 85-100
Kansas (northeastern) 90-105
Missouri 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-125
Nebraska (western) 75-80
Nevada (northwestern) 140-150
New Mexico 130-140
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 135-145
Oregon (Lake County) 135-140
South Dakota (east river) 85-110
South Dakota (western) 70-80
Texas (panhandle) 125-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 135-145 (D)
Utah 80-105
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115
Wyoming 70-80
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $145-180 (D)
California (central) 160-175 (D)
California (southern) 120-150
Colorado (northeastern) 85-90
Idaho 92-105
Illinois 90-110
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-84
Iowa (Maurice) 80-85
Kansas (southwestern) 72-93
Kansas (southeastern) 80-85
Minnesota (southwestern) 60-68
Missouri 70-110
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-115
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada (northwestern) 125-130
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (eastern) 110
South Dakota (east river) 70-80
Texas (panhandle) 115-140 (D)
Texas (eastern) 125-135 (D)
Utah 60-75
Wyoming 60-70
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125-150 (D)
California (southern) 107-113
Colorado (northeastern) 80
Idaho 70-75
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (Rock Valley) 50-60
Kansas (southwestern) 70-85
Kansas (northeastern) 65
Minnesota (southwestern) 53
Nebraska 90-98
Nevada (northwestern) 100-115
Oklahoma 70-80
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
Texas (panhandle) 90-110 (D)
Texas (eastern) 100-110 (D)
Utah 45-55
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas $58-90
Missouri 40-70
Oat hay Price/ton
Colorado (northeastern) $65-70
Idaho 65-70
Nebraska 65-70
Nevada 100
Oregon 85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 80
Wyoming 65
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Texas (panhandle) $105-115 (D)
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $45-90
Virginia 73-110
Wyoming 35-40
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado (southeastern) $106
Kansas 123
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-125
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 112-115
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $92-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90-95