Spring's late arrival in much of the country delayed the price softening that typically occurs when the winter feeding season ends. As this issue closed, prices were holding steady in most states, and had recently moved up slightly in a few.

These prices were gathered in mid-April by USDA. 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 (central) $270
Kansas (southwestern) 150-200
Kansas (northwestern) 180-200
Nebraska (western) 150
Nevada 205
Utah 125-180
Washington (Columbia Basin) 180
Wyoming 140-190
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $240-245 (D)
California (central) 245-255 (D)
California (southern) 230-235 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 140-215
Colorado (southwestern) 150-290
Iowa (central) 100-150
Iowa (Maurice) 118-125
Iowa (Rock Valley) 120-133
Kansas (southwestern) 150-170
Kansas (northwestern) 125-135
Minnesota (southwestern) 120-143
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 200-300
Missouri 140-175
Montana (small squares) 130-160
Nebraska (northeastern) 125-145
Nebraska (western) 115-120
Nevada (western) 200
Oklahoma (western) 130-160
Oregon (Lake County) 185
South Dakota (east river) 115-140
South Dakota (western) 90-110
Texas (panhandle) 195-240 (D)
Texas (eastern) 200-230 (D)
Utah 130-160
Washington (Columbia Basin) 190
Wyoming (eastern) 120-135
Wyoming (western) 110-125
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $240-245 (D)
California (central) 235 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 110-170
Colorado (southwestern) 130-215
Idaho 150-160
Iowa (Rock Valley) 108
Kansas (southwestern) 120-150
Kansas (northwestern) 110-125
Minnesota (southwestern) 108-113
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 150-210
Missouri 80-160
Montana 95-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 85-115
Nebraska (western) 90-120
Oklahoma (western) 100-130
Oregon (Crook County) 160
Oregon (Lake County) 165
South Dakota (east river) 90-110
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (panhandle) 135-230 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-190 (D)
Utah 100-125
Washington (Columbia Basin) 165
Wyoming (eastern) 110-120
Wyoming (western) 100-110
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $225-232 (D)
California (southern) 220 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 120
Kansas (southwestern) 105-115
Kansas (northwestern) 90-100
Nebraska (western) 75-80
Nevada (northern) 165
Nevada (western) 190
Oklahoma (western) 60-90
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Texas (panhandle) 110-120 (D)
Wyoming (eastern) 95-115
Wyoming (western) 80-90
Oat hay Price/ton
California (central) $220-316
Colorado 90-100
Nevada (fair quality) 130
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Wyoming 65-110
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois (Shelbyville) $100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-78
Kansas 45-60
Montana (small squares) 60-80
Montana (large squares) 35-45
Nebraska (northeastern) 55-60
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 (export quality) $150-180