Prices for high-quality hay are holding steady or edging up as the winter feeding period winds down. Supplies are tight and prices very high. Even fair-quality hay is bringing $100/ton or more in some states.

These prices were gathered in early March 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) $128-145
California (southern) 188-210 (D)
Idaho 140
Kansas (southwestern) 180-200
Kansas (northeastern) 160
Nevada (western) 130
Nevada (eastern) 110-140
Oregon 130-160
Utah 100-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-160
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170-190 (D)
California (central) 190-200 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 130-220
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 140-230
Illinois (northern) 125-160
Illinois (southern) 120-160
Iowa (Rock Valley) 120-165
Iowa (Maurice) 120-150
Iowa (central) 120-145
Kansas (southwestern) 150-160
Kansas (northeastern) 110-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 100-123
Missouri 140-175
Montana 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 125-135
Nebraska (western) 100-110
Oklahoma 150-180
Oregon 120-150
South Dakota (western) 130-133 (D)
South Dakota (east river) 110-125
Texas (panhandle) 180-285 (D)
Texas (eastern) 190-245
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140
Wyoming (western) 100-130
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $160-175 (D)
California (southern) 125
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 135
Idaho 115
Illinois (northern) 110-130
Illinois (southern) 110-135
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100-118
Kansas (northeastern) 110-120
Missouri 80-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 90-93
Montana 70-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 80-110
Nebraska (western) 100
Nevada (northern) 110-120
Nevada (western) 130
Oklahoma 120-160
Oregon 120-125
South Dakota (western) 95-120 (D)
South Dakota (east river) 75-100
Texas (panhandle) 160-200 (D)
Texas (eastern) 160-190 (D)
Utah 75-95
Virginia 150
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-125
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $150-155 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 115-120
Idaho 98
Illinois (northern) 80-110
Illinois (southern) 70-120
Kansas (south central) 115-130
Nebraska (northeastern) 60-100
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 80
Oklahoma 60-80
South Dakota (east river) 50-70
Texas (panhandle) 130-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-160 (D)
Oat hay Price/ton
California (northern) $100
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 90-110
Kansas 110-120
Nebraska 80
Wyoming 85-100
Nevada 85
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $285
Montana 140-150
Texas (panhandle) 210 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 150-165
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado (San Luis Valley) $70
Illinois 40-80
Kansas 50-65
Montana 35-40
Nebraska 50-60
South Dakota (western) 80-85
Virginia 80-81
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $185
Nebraska 175-180
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $160-170
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-150