Alfalfa hay prices haven't changed much overall in the past month, but have moved farther down from last year's peaks in a few states. The most apparent price weakening is for low-quality hay, which is plentiful in some areas, and demand is weak.

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) $145
Idaho 185
Kansas (southwestern) 195-250
Kansas (northeastern) 165-200
Nevada 130-140
Oregon (Crook County) 175-200
Utah 130-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 200-230
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $160-175
California (central) 170-175 (D)
California (southern) 145-150 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 180-290
Colorado (northeastern) 150-275 (D)
Idaho 140
Iowa (central) 200
Kansas (southwestern) 170-185
Kansas (northeastern) 160-180
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 165-180
Missouri 150-175
Montana 125-130
Nebraska (northeastern) 140-200
Nebraska (western) 130-145
Oklahoma 165-195
South Dakota (east river) 175-180
South Dakota (western) 85-120
Texas (small squares) 250-300 (D)
Texas (large squares) 200-250 (D)
Utah 115-130
Virginia 225
Wyoming 140-175
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $145-160 (D)
California (central) 170-171 (D)
California (southern) 135 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 140-185
Colorado (southwestern) 170-220
Idaho 140
Kansas (southwestern) 150-175
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 95-170
Minnesota (southwestern) 83-108
Missouri 80-160
Montana 115-120
Nebraska (western) 110-130
Nevada 130
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Harney County) 140
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (small squares) 200-250 (D)
Texas (large squares) 180-220 (D)
Utah 100-115
Virginia 157-170
Wyoming 120-140
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140 (D)
California (central) 126-145 (D)
California (southern) 123-125 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 110-120
Idaho 120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 73-75
Minnesota (southwestern) 63-78
Montana 100-110
Nebraska (western) 95-110
Nevada 120
Oklahoma 100-125
South Dakota (east river) 90
South Dakota (western) 50-70
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120
Wyoming 98-110
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $165-195
Missouri (fair to good) 70-100
Texas (good round bales) 50-60
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas $80-110
Missouri (good to premium) 90-150
Texas (small bales) 200 (D)
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125-190
Colorado (northeastern) 115-125
Oregon (good) 110
South Dakota (western) 75
Wyoming 70-90
Orchardgrass hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $350
Washington (Columbia Basin) 200-240
Straw: Price/ton
California (central) $105
Colorado (northeastern) 70
Iowa (Maurice) 48
Kansas 50-55
Montana 35-40
Nebraska (western) 50-55
South Dakota (east river) 60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 40
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $230
Nebraska 210-215
Wyoming 190 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $170-185
South Dakota 165
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (export) $190-200
Wyoming 135-140