Prices for high-quality alfalfa hay are holding mostly steady at levels well below last year's peaks. Sales have slowed in recent weeks due to depleted supplies and weak demand from dairies facing low milk prices.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early February. 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) $205-215
California (central) 165
Colorado (northeastern) 250-275 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 290
Idaho 175
Kansas (southeastern) 180-200
Nevada 180-200
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 160
Utah 150-200
Washington (Columbia Basin) 200-225
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $175 (D)
California (central) 170-190 (D)
California (southern) 195 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 180-190
Colorado (northeastern) 160-180 (D)
Iowa (Maurice) 110-125
Iowa (central) 200
Iowa (Rock Valley) 118
Kansas (southwestern) 170-185
Kansas (northeastern) 160-180
Minnesota (southwestern) 118-128
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 110-150
Missouri 150-175
Montana 125-130
Nebraska (northeastern) 140-200
Nebraska (western) 135-145
Nevada (northern) 125
Nevada (western) 160
Oklahoma 165-195
South Dakota (east river) 175
South Dakota (western) 85-120
Texas 200-300 (D)
Utah 125-140
Virginia 140-185
Washington (Columbia Basin) 200
Wyoming (western) 140-175
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-170 (D)
California (central) 145
Colorado (northeastern) 150-160 (D)
Colorado (southwestern) 170-185
Iowa (Rock Valley) 80-103
Kansas (southwestern) 150-175
Kansas (northeastern) 130-150
Minnesota (southwestern) 85-105
Minnesota (Sauk Centre) 100-145
Missouri 90-160
Montana 115-120
Nebraska (western) 110-130
Nevada (western) 120-135
Oklahoma 130-160
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (panhandle) 190-250 (D)
Utah 110-125
Wyoming (western) 120-140
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-155 (D)
California (central) 145 (D)
California (southern) 123 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 127 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 165
Idaho 100-120
Kansas (southwestern) 150-160
Nebraska (western) 95-110
Nevada (northern) 95-130
Nevada (western) 120-140
Oklahoma 100-125
South Dakota (western) 50-65
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130
Wyoming (western) 98-110
Bromegrass hay: Price/ton
Kansas $100-130
Missouri (good to premium) 90-150
Missouri (good) 60-120
Bermudagrass hay: Price/ton
Texas (premium large rounds) $70-80
California (small squares) 200
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $210
Colorado (northeastern) 115-125
Wyoming 75-90
South Dakota (western) 75
Orchardgrass hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $260
Oregon 200
Virginia (good large squares) 140-185
Washington (Columbia Basin) 230-240
Straw: Price/ton
California (southern) $95 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 70
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-68
Kansas 50-60
Montana 45-50
Nebraska (western) 50-55
Wyoming 60
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $235-240
Nebraska 220-225
Wyoming 190 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $180-195
South Dakota 170
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (export) $190-200
Wyoming 135-140