Hay prices usually have softened by late April as the new harvest picks up steam. But this year they're holding mostly steady compared with month-earlier levels. The Easter weekend frost that damaged alfalfa over a wide area and delayed the first cutting may be to blame. Prices were gathered by USDA. 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) $165-175 (D)
California (southern) 185-210 (D)
Idaho 140
Kansas 160-200
Nevada 140-145
Oregon (Lake County) 130
Utah 100-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-160
Wyoming 155
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170-190 (D)
California (central) 175-200 (D)
California (southern) 185-195 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 130-220
Colorado (southeastern) 150-160
Iowa (Maurice) 115-150
Iowa (Rock Valley) 110-155
Kansas (southeastern) 110-120
Kansas (northeastern) 110-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 103-128
Missouri 140-175
Montana 95-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 125-135
Nebraska (western) 100-110
Oklahoma 150-180
Oregon 140-150
South Dakota (Alcester) 115-145
South Dakota (east river) 125-170
South Dakota (western) 130-133 (D)
Texas (panhandle) 180-285 (D)
Texas (eastern) 190-250 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130
Wyoming 100-130
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-180 (D)
California (central) 170-192 (D)
California (southern) 150-155
Colorado (southeastern) 130-175
Idaho 95-103
Iowa (Maurice) 108-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 105-108
Kansas (northwestern) 110-120
Minnesota (southwestern) 78-95
Missouri 100-180
Montana 80-90
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 90-110
Nebraska (western) 100
Nevada 130-135
Oklahoma 140-160
Oregon 120
South Dakota (east river) 85-100
South Dakota (western) 95-120 (D)
Texas 160-250 (D)
Utah 75-95
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $150-155 (D)
California (central) 155 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 115-120
Idaho 85
Iowa (central) 40-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 78
Kansas (northeastern) 100-110
Nebraska (northeastern) 900-100
Nevada 100
Oklahoma 80-100
Texas (panhandle) 130-160
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90-110
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas (southeastern) $90-135
Missouri 60-140
Oat hay Price/ton
California (northern) $121-140 (D)
California (central) 155
Kansas (new crop) 120
Nebraska 80
Utah 80
Wyoming 100
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $140-150
Nevada 200-225
Virginia 143
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160-180
Wyoming 175
Straw: Price/ton
California (southern) $40
Iowa (Maurice) 80
Kansas 50-65
Montana 35-40
Nebraska (northeastern) 50-55
Nebraska (western) 25-60
South Dakota (western) 80-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 80
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $195
Nebraska 180-190
Wyoming 174 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $155-165
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-150