Hay prices are about even with month-ago and year-ago levels in most states. Texas, California, Washington and Illinois, where prices are up significantly, are notable exceptions.

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 Price Link” section of HayandForage.com
Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $185-195
California (central) 165-182
Idaho 140
Kansas (southwestern) 150-160
Kansas (northeastern) 100-120
Nebraska (western) 100
Nevada 120-130
Oregon (Crook County) 120
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 125-140
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-143
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $180-195 (D)
California (central) 185-190 (D)
California (southern) 185 (D)
Colorado 110-120
Illinois (northern) 115-160
Illinois (southern) 120-160
Iowa (Maurice) 100-117
Iowa (central) 105-120
Kansas (southwestern) 100-110
Kansas (northeastern) 95-105
Minnesota (southwestern) 87-90
Missouri 90-125
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-140
Nevada 150-155
Oklahoma 120-140
Oregon (eastern) 120-130
South Dakota (east river) 85-100
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 160-200 (D)
Utah 85-100
Virginia 110-122
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-132
Wyoming (eastern) 75-85
Wyoming (western) 80-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $175-189 (D)
California (southern) 165-170 (D)
Colorado 80-85
Illinois 100-130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 60-85
Kansas 85-105
Minnesota (southwestern) 62-82
Montana 50-85
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nebraska (northeastern) 95-115
Nevada 120-130
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (Harney County) 95-115
South Dakota (east river) 65-85
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Texas (panhandle) 140-160
Texas (eastern) 135-160 (D)
Utah 60-80
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-110
Wyoming (eastern) 60-76
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $138-142 (D)
Illinois 70-110
Idaho 75-85
Iowa (Maurice) 50-57
Iowa (central) 55-60
Kansas (southeastern) 45-65
Kansas (northwestern) 80
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-60
Montana 50-70
Nebraska (western) 45-55
Nebraska (northeastern) 65-105
Oklahoma 70-80
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Texas (panhandle) 115-150 (D)
Texas (eastern) 120-135 (D)
Utah 45-55
Wyoming (eastern) 40-55
Wyoming (western) 55-60
Oat hay Price/ton
Oregon (Lake County) $85-90
California (central) 139 (D)
Nebraska (western) 50
Nevada 100-110
Wyoming 50-65
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado (Fort Collins) $106-172
Idaho 27-36
Illinois 65-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 63
Kansas 40-50
Nebraska (western) 25-35
Virginia 100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 75
Wyoming 35-40
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $142
Nebraska 125-145
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $120-125
Kansas 110-115
South Dakota 110
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90