Prices for high-quality alfalfa hay have held steady or moved slightly higher in recent weeks with low to moderate sales activity in most of the country. The slowdown in sales likely is due more to depleted supplies than to low demand.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early March. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are for bulk sales.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to “USDA Hay Prices” at HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $182
Illinois (Springfield) 310-420
Kansas (southwestern) 150-200
Kansas (northeastern) 165-200
Montana 200
Nebraska (western) 150
Nevada 200-205
Utah 125-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160-180
Wyoming 140-190
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $257 (D)
California (central) 260 (D)
California (southern) 210-216
Colorado (northeastern) 140-215
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 150-245
Illinois (northern) 160-180
Illinois (southern) 180-225
Iowa (Rock Valley) 130-178
Iowa (Maurice) 120
Kansas (southwestern) 140-150
Kansas (northeastern) 130-150
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 195-275
Missouri 140-175
Montana 130-160
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-145
Nebraska (western) 115-120
Nevada (western) 220 (D)
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Lake County) 175-180
South Dakota (east river) 120-150
South Dakota (Alcester) 120-140
South Dakota (western) 90-110
Texas (panhandle) 180-230 (D)
Texas (eastern) 175-220
Utah 125-140
Wyoming 110-135
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $245 (D)
California (central) 240 (D)
California (southern) 200-205
Colorado (northeastern) 110-170
Idaho 150
Illinois (northern) 140-160
Illinois (southern) 150-200
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-115
Iowa (Maurice) 100-115
Kansas (southwestern) 120-140
Kansas (northeastern) 95-135
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 180-250
Missouri 90-160
Montana 95-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 70-115
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Nevada (western) 190-200
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (Crook County) 165
South Dakota (east river) 95-125
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (panhandle) 140-200 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-190 (D)
Utah 100-125
Wyoming 110-120
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $220 (D)
California (central) 210-225 (D)
California (southern) 180-185
Idaho 140
Illinois (northern) 120-150
Illinois (southern) 100-160
Iowa (Rock Valley) 70-78
Iowa (Maurice) 85
Kansas (northeastern) 65-75
Nebraska (western) 75-80
Nevada (western) 170-190
Oklahoma (round bales) 65-85
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Texas (panhandle) 120-135 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-150
Wyoming 80-85
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas $60-110
Missouri 60-130
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado (northeastern) $60
Illinois (northern) 80-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 55-73
Kansas 35-60
Montana 35-80
Nebraska (northeastern) 55-60
Nebraska (western) 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $210
Nebraska 200
Wyoming 179 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $150-160
South Dakota 165
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $150-175