Hay prices are showing signs of strength as dry weather grips much of the country. So far, the most dramatic gains are in prices paid for low-quality hay.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late July. 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
California (northern) $135
California (southern) 140-145 (D)
Idaho 110
Kansas (southwestern) 150-170
Kansas (southeastern) 130-160
Oregon 135-150
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-150
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $143-183 (D)
California (central) 168-172
California (southern) 150 (D)
Colorado (Fort Collins) 143-185
Colorado (southeastern) 130-160
Idaho 110-135
Illinois (northern) 115-140
Illinois (southern) 120-130
Iowa (north central) 105-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-110
Kansas (southwestern) 115-130
Kansas (northeastern) 100-120
Missouri 100-125
Montana 120-125
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 125-135
Nebraska (western) 90-110
Nevada 110-115
New Mexico (eastern) 165-180 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 150-155 (D)
Oklahoma 140-160
Oregon (eastern) 115-120
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 130-145
South Dakota 85-110
Texas (panhandle) 165-195 (D)
Texas (eastern) 170-210 (D)
Utah 80-95
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-135
Wyoming 95-115
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $143-183 (D)
California (central) 110-156 (D)
California (southern) 143 (D)
Colorado (Fort Collins) 120-160
Colorado (southeastern) 125
Idaho 100-110
Illinois 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 75-95
Kansas (southwestern) 115-120
Kansas (northeastern) 90-110
Missouri 70-110
Montana 80-90
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nebraska (western) 75-95
Nevada (northwestern) 80-90
New Mexico (eastern) 145-165 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 130-135 (D)
Oklahoma 120-140
Oregon (eastern) 92
South Dakota 65-85
Texas (panhandle) 150-170 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-160 (D)
Utah 60-80
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-127
Wyoming 75-95
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $100-127 (D)
California (central) 105-123 (D)
California (southern) 120-125 (D)
Colorado (Fort Collins) 112-161
Idaho 85-90
Illinois 70-110
Iowa (north central) 75
Iowa (Maurice) 47-60
Kansas (southwestern) 115-125
Kansas (northeastern) 85
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 80-90
Nebraska (western) 70-80
Oklahoma 80-90
South Dakota (east river) 50-65
Texas (panhandle) 130-145 (D)
Texas (eastern) 120-140 (D)
Utah 45-55
Wyoming 65-70
Prairie hay Price/ton
Kansas $75-95
Missouri 40-100
Texas (panhandle) 1 35-160 (D)
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $67
Illinois 40-80
Iowa (Rock Valley) 58-68
Kansas 45-55
Minnesota (southwestern) 65
Nebraska 25-50
South Dakota 18-25
Texas (panhandle) 50-60
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $165
Nebraska 150
South Dakota (east river) 140
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $135-148
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-150
Wyoming 125