Prices for high-quality hay have hit near-record levels on the East and West coasts, but haven't changed much in most of the country. For details, see page 28. These prices were gathered by USDA in early February. 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 Prices and Resources” section of HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170 (D)
California (southern) 155-170 (D)
Idaho 100-130
Kansas (southwestern) 100-160
Kansas (northwestern) 85-150
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (western) 100
Oregon 115-125
Utah 75-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170-180 (D)
California (southern) 120-126
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Colorado (southeastern) 80-90
Idaho 110
Illinois 110-130
Iowa (Maurice) 115
Iowa (Rock Valley) 98
Kansas (southwestern) 95-105
Kansas (southeastern) 80-100
Minnesota (southwestern) 93-98
Missouri 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-120
Nebraska (western) 70-85
Nevada (western) 145-150
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (southern) 120
South Dakota (east river) 90-120
South Dakota (Alcester) 90-95
South Dakota (western) 75-85
Texas (panhandle) 130-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 130-150
Utah (central) 75-90
Utah (Unitah Basin) 70-85
Virginia 170
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-115
Wyoming 75-85
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-170 (D)
California (central) 145-155 (D)
California (southern) 110-120
Colorado (northeastern) 65-75
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 80
Idaho 80-90
Illinois 90-110
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Maurice) 70-93
Iowa (Rock Valley) 80-93
Kansas 75-95
Minnesota (southwestern) 70-85
Montana 70-75
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-115
Nebraska (western) 60-65
Nevada (western) 130
Oregon (southern) 100
Oregon (eastern) 75-85
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
South Dakota (Alcester) 70-75
South Dakota (western) 60-65
Texas (panhandle) 110-125 (D)
Texas (western) 85-100
Virginia 90-99
Utah (central) 55-70
Utah (Unitah Basin) 50-60
Wyoming 60-70
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130
California (central) 135-142 (D)
California (southern) 105-115
Colorado (northeastern) 50-55
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 65-75
Idaho 55-73
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (central) 55-60
Iowa (Maurice) 60-64
Kansas 60-70
Minnesota (southwestern) 55-63
Montana 45-50
Nebraska (western) 35-55
Nevada (western) 110-120
Oklahoma 70-80
Oregon (eastern) 70
South Dakota (east river) 40-55
South Dakota (Alcester) 50-63
Texas (western) 70-80
Texas (eastern) 80-90
Utah 40-45
Wyoming 50-60
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
North Carolina $35-45
California (southern) 125-135
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $35-40
Illinois 55-90
Montana 25-30
South Dakota 48
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $110-112
Nebraska 95-106
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $99
Kansas 89-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Utah 85-115
Wyoming 80-100