Hay prices are holding mostly steady so far, but that could change when cold weather sets in. Surpluses persist in parts of the West, but high-quality hay is scarce in much of the country following a cool, wet summer.

These prices were gathered in late August. 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) $100-130
Kansas (northeastern) 100
Montana 90-100
Utah 75-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 95-135
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $138-160 (D)
California (central) 160-168 (D)
California (southern) 118
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Colorado (southeastern) 80-90
Idaho 110-120
Illinois 120-135
Kansas (southwestern) 90-100
Kansas (northwestern) 80-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 83-93
Missouri 80-110
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-120
Nevada (northern) 100-115
Nevada (western) 105-115
New Mexico (southern) 120-140
Oklahoma (central, western) 100-120
Oklahoma (panhandle) 110-120
Oregon (southern) 115
Oregon (eastern) 105
Oregon (Lake County) 110-120
South Dakota (east river) 95-120
Texas (panhandle) 135-150 (D)
Texas (eastern) 145-160 (D)
Texas (western) 105-115
Utah (northern) 70-85
Utah (southern) 80-90
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125-135 (D)
California (central) 130 (D)
California (southern) 125-135 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 80-90
Colorado (southeastern) 70-75
Idaho 75-98
Illinois 90-110
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 68-95
Iowa (Maurice) 70-85
Kansas 75-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 60
Missouri 70-100
Montana 65-75
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-115
Nevada 90-95
New Mexico (southern) 110-125
Oklahoma (central, western) 90-110
Oklahoma (panhandle) 100-110
Oregon (Lake County) 100-105
South Dakota (east river) 75-95
Texas (panhandle) 100-130 (D)
Texas (eastern) 105-120 (D)
Utah (northern) 50-65
Utah (southern) 60-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $115-120
California (central) 123-125
California (southern) 111-125 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 50
Colorado (southeastern) 55-60
Idaho 65-71
Iowa (central) 55-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 58-65
Kansas 70-75
Nevada 80-85
New Mexico (southern) 85-110
Oklahoma 70-80
Oregon (central) 85
South Dakota (east river) 40-45
Utah (northern) 40-45
Utah (southern) 45-55
Oat hay Price/ton
Colorado $50-55
California (northern) 105 (D)
California (central) 125 (D)
Prairiegrass hay Price/ton
Texas (panhandle) $110-120 (D)
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $275-315
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-135
Montana 120-135
Virginia 110
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $50-80
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $103-106
Nebraska 95-106
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $99
Kansas 89-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $85-115
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (bulk) $105-120