Prices for high-quality hay remain above year-ago levels in most states. But some are off slightly from midwinter levels as the new harvest season picks up steam.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early April. 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) $175-190
California (central) 160-165
California (southern) 145-160
Idaho 137-140
Kansas (southwestern) 150-170
Kansas (southeastern) 100-120
Nebraska (western) 100
Oregon 150
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135-150
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $193 (D)
California (central) 180-192 (D)
California (southern) 170-175 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 140
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 120
Illinois (northern) 115-160
Illinois (southern) 120-160
Iowa (central) 105-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100-110
Kansas (south-central) 100-115
Kansas (northwestern) 90-100
Missouri 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-135
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-135
Oklahoma 130-150
Oregon (Lake County) 135-145
South Dakota (east river) 85-90
South Dakota (western) 75-80
Texas (panhandle) 160-180 (D)
Texas (eastern) 160-200 (D)
Utah 80-95
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170 (D)
California (central) 160-175 (D)
California (southern) 150 (D)
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 85-100
Idaho 110
Illinois (northern) 100-120
Illinois (southern) 110-130
Iowa (central) 65-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-90
Kansas (south-central) 105
Kansas (northwestern) 80-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 60-80
Missouri 70-110
Montana 50-80
Nebraska (northeastern) 65-110
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Oklahoma 90-130
South Dakota (east river) 65-80
South Dakota (western) 60-75
South Dakota (Alcester) 65-73
Texas 140-200 (D)
Utah 60-80
Virginia 71
Wyoming 60-75
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $100
Illinois 80-110
Iowa (Maurice) 58
Kansas (south-central) 90-100
Kansas (northwestern) 80
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-58
Montana 50-70
Nebraska (northeastern) 50-75
Nebraska (western) 45-60
Oklahoma 70-80
Oregon (eastern) 80
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Texas 130-140 (D)
Utah 45-55
Wyoming 45-55
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Missouri $40-100
Kansas 50-90
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Colorado $120-125
Montana 135-170
Virginia (good quality) 92
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135
Wyoming 140
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $35-50
Illinois 65-100
Kansas 40-55
South Dakota (east river) 20-22
Virginia 57
Washington (Columbia Basin) 55
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $143
Kansas 148
Nebraska 135-140
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $137
Kansas 125-135
South Dakota 115
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90