If you have high-quality hay to sell, consider shipping it to California or Texas. The highest prices are being reported in those two states. On the other hand, if you need to buy hay, check out Minnesota and Wisconsin. Premium-quality alfalfa is going for as little as $80-85/ton there.

These prices were gathered in late April from hay growers, dealers and USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm.

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Kansas $120-135
Montana 100-105
Nebraska 100-125
Wyoming 120-125
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $115-135
California (central) 125-143
California (southern) 112-120
Colorado 110-130
Idaho 105
Illinois (northern) 120-135
Illinois (central) 110-120
Illinois (southern) 120-135
Iowa 90-130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100-112
Kansas (southwestern) 120-130
Kansas (northern) 100-110
Minnesota (southwestern) 80-90
Missouri 100-125
Montana 100
Nebraska 100-130
New Mexico 120-140
Oklahoma (central, western) 110-130
Oklahoma (panhandle) 105-130
Oregon 95-115
South Dakota 90-120
Texas (panhandle) 145-155 (D)
Texas (north central, east) 135-155 (D)
Utah 90-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-110
Wisconsin 85-100
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125-137 (D)
California (central) 120-140 (D)
Colorado 100-110
Idaho 95-100
Illinois (northern) 100-120
Illinois (central) 80-100
Illinois (southern) 100
Iowa 75-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 80-97
Minnesota (southwestern) 53-65
Montana 75-85
Nebraska 80-100
Nevada 95-110
New Mexico 110-130
Oklahoma (central, western) 100-115
Oklahoma (panhandle) 100-120
Oregon 85-90
South Dakota 70-85
Texas (panhandle) 110-120 (D)
Texas (north central, eastern) 135-155 (D)
Utah 70-85
Virginia 70
Washington (Columbia Basin) 85-90
Wisconsin 70-85
Wyoming 90-115
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $75-125
California (central) 118
California (southern) 107-113
Colorado 90-100
Idaho 75-80
Illinois (northern) 85
Illinois (central) 80
Illinois (southern) 95
Iowa 50-80
Iowa (Rock Valley) 67-77
Kansas 80-85
Montana 75-80
Nebraska 60-80
New Mexico 70-100
Nevada 80-85
Oklahoma (central, western) 35-50
Oklahoma (panhandle) 40-60
South Dakota 50-60
Utah 50-65
Virginia 55
Wisconsin 45-70
Sudangrass hay Price/ton
California (for export) $105-120
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $110-120
Virginia 80-82
Millet hay: Price/ton
Nebraska $65
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois (northern) Wheat straw $60-95
Illinois (central) Wheat straw 75-90
Illinois (southern) Wheat straw 75-120
Iowa Oat straw 85-90
Kansas Wheat straw 50-55
Washington Wheat straw 50
Wisconsin Oat straw 50-80
17% Dehydrated alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $132-142
Nebraska 125-130
Wyoming 126
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $125-140
Kansas 115-130
Nebraska 138-164
South Dakota 120
Texas 129
Wyoming 129
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (bulk) $105-120
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140