As dairies search for high-quality hay to meet their wintertime needs, supplies get even tighter and prices keep rising. Prices are running at least $20 per ton above year-ago levels in most of the country; much more than that in some states.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late August. 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 $200-220
Idaho 120-160
Kansas (southwestern) 150-200
Kansas (northeastern) 125-165
Montana 120-130
Nebraska (western) 150
New Mexico 190-200
Oregon 135-165
Utah 100-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 145-170
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $195-205 (D)
California (central) 200-225 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 150-160
Colorado (southwestern) 145-165
Idaho 130-150
Illinois (Arthur) 188
Iowa (Rock Valley) 108-123
Iowa (Maurice) 115-125
Kansas (southwestern) 135-150
Kansas (northeastern) 130-140
Missouri 140-175
Nebraska (western) 118-120
Nevada (northern) 140
Nevada (eastern) 155-160
New Mexico (eastern) 180-190
New Mexico (southern) 160-170
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Crook County) 150-160
Oregon (Lake County) 150
South Dakota (east river) 145-160
South Dakota (western) 90-110
Texas 170-250 (D)
Utah 110-120
Virginia 190
Washington (Columbia Basin) 150
Wyoming (eastern) 120-130
Wyoming (western) 110-125
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $185-195 (D)
California (central) 195-210 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 125-130
Idaho 120-147
Illinois (Arthur) 148
Iowa (Rock Valley) 83-100
Iowa (Maurice) 90-100
Kansas (southwestern) 110-135
Kansas (southeastern) 100-125
Missouri 80-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 90
Montana 80-85
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Nevada (northern) 120-135
New Mexico (eastern) 140-160
New Mexico (southern) 135-150
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (Lake County) 135-140
South Dakota (east river) 100-130
South Dakota (western) 70-85
Texas 150-200 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130
Wyoming (eastern) 90-115
Wyoming (western) 90-110
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $175-178 (D)
California (central) 185-192 (D)
California (southern) 175-185
Colorado (northeastern) 110-115
Idaho 100-120
Iowa (Maurice) 75
Kansas 70-85
Nevada (northern) 110-135
New Mexico 110-125
Oklahoma 65-90
Oregon (eastern) 115
South Dakota (east river) 80-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125
Wyoming 60-85
Orchardgrass hay Price/ton
California (northern) $170
Illinois (Shelbyville) 140
Oregon (premium) 175-190
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $240
Washington (Columbia Basin) 150-190
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $60-70
Illinois (Arthur) 75-100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 68-70
Kansas 50-75
Montana 50
Nebraska (western) 40-55
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 60-65
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $185
Wyoming 179 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $135-160
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-150
Wyoming 110-120