Prices for high-quality hay are gaining strength as livestock producers procure their wintertime needs. Lower-quality hay remains plentiful, and prices weak.

These prices were gathered in early October. 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 “Hay Prices and Resources” at HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Colorado $110-120
Kansas (southwestern) 100-150
Kansas (southeastern) 100-115
Montana 90-100
Nebraska (western) 95-100
Utah 75-100
Wyoming 130
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $120-140
California (central) 133-145
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Colorado (southeastern) 80-90
Idaho 110-125
Illinois 115-135
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-110
Kansas (southwestern) 90-105
Kansas (southeastern) 80-100
Missouri 80-110
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-130
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 130-150
Nebraska (western) 70-85
Nevada 105-115
New Mexico 125-150
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (southern) 93-110
Oregon (Lake County) 110-120
South Dakota (east river) 100-120
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 125-155 (D)
Texas (eastern) 130-160 (D)
Utah 75-90
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110
Wyoming 70-85
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $105-125
California (central) 120-135
California (southern) 90-102
Colorado (northeastern) 80-90
Colorado (southeastern) 70-75
Idaho 80-100
Illinois 90-120
Iowa (south-central) 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 83-90
Iowa (Maurice) 85-88
Kansas 70-95
Minnesota (southwestern) 68-83
Missouri 70-100
Montana (southern) 75-85
Montana (northeastern) 65-75
Nebraska (northeastern) 100-115
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 90
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada 100-110
New Mexico 110-130
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (southern) 85-105
Oregon (eastern) 80-85
South Dakota (east river) 80-85
South Dakota (western) 60-65
Texas (panhandle) 100-130 (D)
Texas (eastern) 100-125 (D)
Utah 50-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100
Wyoming 60-75
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $90-105
California (central) 105-110
California (southern) 80-95
Colorado (northeastern) 50
Colorado (southeastern) 55-60
Idaho 65
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (south-central) 55-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 50-55
Kansas (southwestern) 70-75
Kansas (southeastern) 68
Montana 55-65
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-60
Nebraska (northeastern) 45-55
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 30-50
Nebraska (western) 40-55
Oregon (eastern) 70-75
South Dakota (east river) 40-55
Texas (panhandle) 78-80 (D)
Texas (western) 70-85
Utah 40-45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 65
Wyoming 55
Prairie hay Price/ton
Missouri $50-75
Texas (panhandle) 110-125 (D)
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $35-40
Illinois 50-80
Iowa 60
Nebraska 20-30
Washington (Columbia Basin) 50
Wyoming (barley straw) 20
Wyoming 38
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $103-106
Nebraska (northeastern) 100-106
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 95-105
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $99
Kansas 89-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90-95