Hay trading activity has slowed dramatically in recent weeks, as sellers move the last of their 2001 crop. In areas where new-crop hay already is coming in, any remaining old hay is being offered at cut-rate prices. Otherwise, prices are holding mostly steady.

These prices were gathered in mid-April from USDA and other sources. 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
Idaho $130-140
Iowa 110-125
Utah 90-130
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130-150
California (central) 140-155 (D)
California (southern) 145-150 (D)
Colorado 110
Idaho 80-90
Illinois (northern) 140-150
Illinois (southern) 145-160
Iowa (northeastern) 115-150
Iowa (northwestern) 115-130
Kansas (southwestern) 100-120
Kansas (southeastern) 90-110
Missouri 110-135
Montana 90
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 110-125
Nevada 115-120
Oklahoma (central) 105-120
Oklahoma (panhandle) 110-120
Oregon (central) 120
Oregon (southern) 110-115
Oregon (eastern) 85-90
South Dakota (East River) 75-85
Texas (western) 135-175
Texas (eastern) 80-140
Texas (panhandle) 125-180 (D)
Utah 95-100
Virginia 171-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110-120
Wyoming 75-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125 (D)
California (central) 130-140
California (southern) 130-135 (D)
Colorado 80-120
Idaho 70-90
Illinois (northern) 105-130
Illinois (southern) 110-125
Iowa (northwestern) 90-110
Iowa (south central) 90
Iowa (Rock Valley) 90
Kansas (southeastern) 75-90
Kansas (northeastern) 85-95
Montana 85-120
Nebraska 80-110
Nevada 100-110
Oklahoma 90-105
Oregon (central) 110-125
Oregon (southern) 100
South Dakota (East River) 60-70
Texas (panhandle) 100-110
Texas (eastern) 80-120
Utah 70-90
Virginia 137
Wyoming 70-90
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $100-125
California (southern) 120-126 (D)
Colorado 60-80
Idaho 75
Illinois (northern) 90-115
Illinois (southern) 100
Iowa 60-65
Kansas (southwestern) 65-75
Nebraska 70-90
Nevada 85-100
Oklahoma 50-65
South Dakota (East River) 50-60
Utah 50-65
Wisconsin 50-65
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas $70-90
Missouri 100-110
Iowa 55-72
Bermudagrass hay Price/ton
Texas (southern) $250-260 (D)
Orchardgrass hay Price/ton
California (northern) $150
Virginia 95-131
Washington (Columbia Basin) 150
Prairie hay Price/ton
Missouri $85-110
Texas (panhandle) 120-145 (D)
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $125-135
Virginia 82-121
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois (northern) $80-110
Illinois (southern) 65-110
Iowa 70-75
Kansas (northeastern) 60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 45
Wisconsin 50-70
Wyoming 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $135
Nebraska 130-132
South Dakota (western) 165
Wyoming 133
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $119-120
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140