Prices for high-quality hay are moving higher as the winter feeding period approaches. They are below year-ago levels in California and a few other states, but are higher than in fall 2005 in most of the country.

These prices were gathered by USDA 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 the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Kansas (southwestern) $180-200
Kansas (southeastern) 145-160
Montana 80
South Dakota (western) 120
Oregon (Crook County) 150-165
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-165
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $160-175 (D)
California (central) 165-180 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 130-220
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 140-230
Idaho 120-135
Illinois 115-140
Iowa (central) 105-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 98-110
Missouri 100-125
Montana 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (western) 90-110
Nevada 130-140
New Mexico (southern) 150-165
Oklahoma 150-180
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 135-145
South Dakota (east river) 85-110
South Dakota (western) 90-100
Texas (panhandle) 180-250 (D)
Texas (western) 160-200
Utah 80-90
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-133
Wyoming 90-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-161 (D)
California (central) 145-150 (D)
Colorado 120-125
Idaho 100-110
Illinois 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 73-93
Kansas (southwestern) 140-145
Kansas (southeastern) 110-120
Minnesota (southwestern) 60-78
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nebraska (western) 90-95
Nevada 80-105
New Mexico (southern) 130-140
Oklahoma 140-160
South Dakota (east river) 70-90
South Dakota (Alcester) 60-70
South Dakota (western) 75-85
Texas (panhandle) 180-200 (D)
Texas (eastern) 165-180 (D)
Utah 60-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-125
Wyoming 85-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125 (D)
California (central) 115-125 (D)
California (southern) 95-105
Colorado (northeastern) 110-120
Idaho 85-90
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (central) 55-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 60-65
Kansas (southwestern) 125-140
Kansas (northwestern) 100-120
Minnesota (southwestern) 53-58
Montana 53-55
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-110
New Mexico (southern) 75-100 (D)
Oklahoma 80-110
South Dakota (east river) 65-75
South Dakota (Alcester) 47-60
Texas (panhandle) 140-165 (D)
Texas (western) 130-135 (D)
Utah 45-55
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas $80-100
Missouri 40-100
Texas (panhandle) 150-185 (D)
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $67-110
Colorado 80-105
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 80
Washington (Columbia Basin) 85
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado (northeastern) $70-75 (D)
Illinois 45-80
Iowa (Rock Valley) 60-65
Kansas (northeastern) 55-75
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 45-60
South Dakota (east river) 50
Wyoming (barley straw) 25-30
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $165
Kansas 170
Nebraska 155-160
Wyoming 142 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $150-155
South Dakota 135
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Colorado $138
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-150