This year's nation-wide shortage of high-quality hay is apparent in the prices listed below.

Prices are significantly higher than year-ago levels almost everywhere, and are at or near summertime records in many states. For details on the supply-price situation, read the story that starts on page 14.

These prices were gathered in early August 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
Colorado (southwestern) $165-250
Idaho 150
Kansas (southwestern) 150-200
Kansas (northeastern) 125-165
Nevada 145
Oregon 160-165
Utah 95-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160-170
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $180 (D)
California (central) 200-208 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 150-160 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 145-250
Idaho 130-155
Illinois (northern) 135-170
Illinois (southern) 130-160
Iowa(central) 125-150
Iowa (Maurice) 130
Kansas (southwestern) 140-150
Kansas (northeastern) 130-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 128-138
Missouri 140-175
Montana 110-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-145
Nevada (northern) 140
Nevada (western) 150
New Mexico (eastern) 180-195
New Mexico (southern) 160-170
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (eastern) 145
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 150-160
South Dakota (east river) 135-145
Texas 175-250 (D)
Utah (northern) 95-105
Utah (southern) 110-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 145-160
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170 (D)
California (central) 190-210 (D)
California (southern) 145-150
Colorado (southwestern) 145-175
Idaho 110-130
Illinois 120-140
Iowa (Maurice) 115-120
Kansas (southwestern) 110-140
Kansas (southeastern) 100-125
Minnesota (southwestern) 105-118
Missouri 90-160
Montana 80-100
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 85-110
New Mexico (eastern) 140-160 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 135-150 (D)
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (eastern) 115
South Dakota (east river) 100-125
Texas 150-200 (D)
Utah (northern) 75-90
Utah (southern) 85-105
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135-140
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $165-175 (D)
California (central) 185-195 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 85-100
Idaho 100-115
Illinois 100-120
Kansas (southwestern) 80-90
Kansas (northeastern) 75-80
Nevada (northern) 120-125
New Mexico 110-125 (D)
Oklahoma 70-90
South Dakota (east river) 80-85
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Missouri (good to premium) $70-130
Kansas (good) 90-120
Oat hay Price/ton
Colorado $100
Idaho 80-90
Kansas 85-120
Nevada 150
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 110
Texas (panhandle) 100 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $60-70
Illinois 45-80
Iowa (Maurice) 63
Kansas (northeastern) 63-75
Kansas (southwestern) 40-60
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 55-60
South Dakota (east river) 55-60
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $190
Nebraska 180-195
15% Sun-cured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $133-160
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $120-130
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-150