In a few states, prices for high-quality alfalfa hay have moved up or down slightly in recent weeks. But overall they're holding mostly steady at below-normal levels for this time of year.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early October. 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 (northern) $145
California (central) 85-115
Idaho 110-150
Kansas (southwestern) 190-250
Kansas (northeastern) 130-220
Oregon (central) 160-165
Utah 90-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-160
Wyoming (eastern) 120-135
Wyoming (western) 90-120
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $145 (D)
California (central) 132 (D)
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 140-150
Colorado (southwestern, small squares) 215
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 130-136 (D)
Colorado (northeastern, small squares) 185-200
Idaho 100-105
Iowa (central, small squares) 200-225
Iowa (central, large rounds) 110-125
Kansas (southwestern) 115-130
Kansas (northeastern) 120-130
Minnesota (Sauke Centre) 140-165
Montana (small squares) 190-200
Nebraska (western) 90-110
Nevada 110
New Mexico (eastern, large squares) 155-170 (D)
New Mexico (southern, large squares) 125-135 (D)
New Mexico (southern, small squares) 165-190
Oklahoma (western, large squares) 145-160
Oklahoma (western, small squares) 180-200
Oklahoma (western, large rounds) 125-140
Oregon (central) 115
South Dakota (east river, large squares) 100-125
South Dakota (western) 100-110
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 160-175
Texas (panhandle, small squares) 235-260
Utah 75-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-135
Wyoming (eastern) 100-115
Wyoming (western) 90-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $135 (D)
California (central) 110 (D)
California (southern) 85
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 90-100 (D)
Colorado (northeastern, small squares) 130-160
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 115-130
Idaho 100
Iowa (Maurice) 90
Iowa (central, large rounds) 55-65
Kansas (southwestern) 100-115
Montana 65-80
Nebraska (Platte Valley, round bales) 80-85
Nebraska (western) 80-90
Nevada 80
New Mexico (eastern) 120-135
New Mexico (southwestern) 100-115
Oklahoma (western, large squares) 120-135
Oklahoma (western, small squares) 145-160
Oregon (central) 100
Oregon (Harney County) 90
South Dakota (east river, large squares) 80-90
South Dakota (western) 70-85
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 140-160
Texas (panhandle, small squares) 180-235
Utah 50-60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-110
Wyoming 70-96
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $110-125 (D)
California (central) 105-108 (D)
California (southern) 70-85
Colorado (northeastern, large squares) 80-85
Colorado (northeastern, small squares) 120
Colorado (southwestern, large squares) 95-115
Idaho 80
Kansas (northeastern) 85-90
Kansas (southwestern) 60-75
Nebraska (Platte Valley, round bales) 65-75
Nebraska (western) 65-75
New Mexico (southern) 80-100
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (central) 85
South Dakota (east river, large squares) 65-75
South Dakota (western) 50-70
Texas (panhandle, large squares) 100-125
Utah 40-45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 80-85
Wyoming 60-80
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas (southwestern) $125
Straw: Price/ton
California (northern) $60
Colorado (northeastern) 40-60 (D)
Kansas 45-60
Nebraska (western) 45-55
Wyoming (western) 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $205
Nebraska 175-185
Wyoming 168 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $140-160
South Dakota 145
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (export) $90-125
Wyoming 130-135