Hay prices are strong but mostly steady as warmer-than-normal early winter weather in much of the country softened overall demand. High-quality alfalfa remains in short supply in most areas, though.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early January. 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) $150-190
California (southern) 180-220 (D)
Idaho 100
Kansas 100-160
Nebraska (western) 100
Nevada 120-130
New Mexico 150-165
Oregon 125
Utah 90-120
Washington 120-130
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $195 (D)
California (central) 197 (D)
California (southern) 175 (D)
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 120
Colorado (Fort Collins) 75-117
Idaho 90
Illinois 115-160
Iowa (Rock Valley) 93-110
Iowa (south central) 100-120
Kansas (southwestern) 100-110
Kansas (northwestern) 90-100
Missouri 90-125
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-140
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nevada 150-155
New Mexico 130-135
Oklahoma '100-120
Oregon (Harney County) 135
South Dakota (east river) 90-100
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 150-170 (D)
Texas (eastern) 105-160
Utah 80-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-127
Wyoming 75-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $115
California (southern) 120-140
Colorado (northeastern) 80-85
Colorado (Fort Collins) 68-136
Illinois 100-130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 70-83
Iowa (south central) 100
Iowa (Maurice) 63-80
Kansas (southwestern) 90-100
Kansas (northwestern) 80-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 65-88
Montana 50-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 95-115
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada 120-130
New Mexico (southwestern) 90-110
New Mexico (southeastern) 85-100 (D)
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (Harney County) 112
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Texas (panhandle) 125-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 125-150 (D)
Utah 60-80
Virginia 111
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110-115
Wyoming 60-75
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $150 (D)
California (southern) 115-120
Colorado (Fort Collins) 60-110
Idaho 75-80
Illinois 80-110
Iowa (south central) 55-60
Kansas 80-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 60
Montana 50-70
Nebraska (northeastern) 65-75
Nebraska (western) 45-55
Nevada 90-100
New Mexico (southwestern) 80-90 (D)
Oklahoma 70-85
South Dakota (east river) 55-60
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Utah 45-55
Virginia 86
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90
Wyoming (eastern) 40-55
Wyoming (western) 55-60
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $140-145
Nevada 160-180
Virginia 90-95
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $65-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 63-68
Nebraska (western) 25-30
South Dakota (western) 45
Virginia 65-73
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $132
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 120-122
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
South Dakota (east river) $105
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90