Prices for premium-quality alfalfa are hovering around $100/ton in most states. Notable exceptions are western Texas and Virginia, where they're much higher, and parts of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, where they're closer to $75/ton.

These prices were gathered in December from USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. 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 $130
Kansas (southwestern) 100-160
Kansas (northeastern) 110-120
Nebraska (western) 110
Utah 75-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $129-140 (D)
California (central) 130-140 (D)
California (southern) 120-125 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 70
Colorado (southwestern) 100-110
Idaho 90
Iowa (central) 105-115
Iowa (Rock Valley) 83-110
Kansas (southwestern) 80-105
Kansas (northeastern) 95-100
Missouri 80-110
Montana 70
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-130
Nevada 100-105
New Mexico 130-150
Oklahoma 100-110
Oregon (southern) 105
Oregon (Harney County) 95
South Dakota (east river) 85-110
South Dakota (western) 75-85
Texas (panhandle) 125-165 (D)
Texas (eastern) 125-140 (D)
Texas (western) 150-170
Utah 75-85
Virginia 156
Washington (Columbia Basin) 85
Wyoming (eastern) 80-90
Wyoming (western) 70-85
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $110-120
California (central) 100
California (southern) 75-88
Colorado (northeastern) 60-65
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 80-85
Idaho 70-80
Iowa (central) 90-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 83-88
Kansas (southwestern) 80-90
Kansas (south central) 75-100
Minnesota (southwestern) 85-110
Montana 60-65
Nebraska (northeastern) 98-115
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 90-120
Nebraska (western) 65-75
Nevada 90
New Mexico 110-140
Oklahoma 90-105
Oregon (southern) 80
South Dakota (east river) 65-75
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Texas (panhandle) 115-140 (D)
Utah 50-60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 60-90
Wyoming (eastern) 60-70
Wyoming (western) 65-75
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $100-102
California (central) 80
California (southern) 60-65
Colorado (northeastern) 55-65
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 65-75
Idaho 55-65
Iowa 48-90
Kansas (southwestern) 70-85
Kansas (southeastern) 65-75
Minnesota (southwestern) 60-85
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 85-90
Nebraska (western) 40-60
Nevada (northern) 65
Nevada (western) 70-80
New Mexico 90-120
Oklahoma 50-60
Oregon (southern) 58
South Dakota (western) 45-50
Utah 40-45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 55
Wyoming (eastern) 50-55
Wyoming (western) 45-55
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $120
Virginia 88-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 75-110
Wyoming (western) 125
Straw: Price/ton
Iowa $85-90
Nebraska Wheat straw 25-30
Virginia 40
Washington Wheat straw 50
Wyoming Barley straw 25
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $115-118
Nebraska 105-108
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $102
Kansas 95-110