Prices are surprisingly high for this time of year, running several dollars per ton above year-ago levels in most areas. For details on the reasons, see page 6.

These prices were gathered in late July from hay growers, dealers and USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are bulk unless otherwise indicated.

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Kansas $110-130
Michigan 110
New Mexico 170
New Mexico (to FL, TX) 200-225 (D)
Utah 90-130
Wyoming 120-150
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-150
California (northern) 152-167 (D)
California (central) 120-155
Colorado 95-105
Idaho 120-125
Iowa 80-115
Kansas 85-100
Michigan 110
Missouri 100-130
Montana 90-100
Montana 110 (D)
Nebraska 90-115
Nevada 115-135
New Mexico 120-145
Oklahoma 85-120
Oregon (central) 125-130
Oregon (eastern) 100-122
South Dakota (eastern) 95
Texas (panhandle) 110-120
Texas (eastern) 120-140
Utah 95-105
Virginia 120-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-125
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $115-125
California (central) 115-133
California (southern) 90-100
Colorado 80-90
Idaho 100-110
Iowa 60-100
Kansas 80-90
Michigan 70
Minnesota (southwestern) 70-80
Montana 80
Nebraska 70-100
Nevada 110-125
New Mexico 110-130
Oklahoma 75-105
Oregon (central) 110
Oregon (eastern) 100-110
South Dakota (eastern) 75-88
South Dakota (western) 80-90
Texas (panhandle) 90-110
Texas (eastern) 100-120
Utah 70-90
Virginia 86
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110-125
Wisconsin 75
Wyoming 80-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $90-115
California (central) 105-115
California (southern) 85-110
Colorado 60
Idaho 95-110
Iowa 40-75
Kansas 70-80
Minnesota (southwestern) 45
Nebraska 60-80
Nevada 90-105
New Mexico 90-110
Oklahoma 35-55
Oregon (eastern) 90-105
South Dakota (eastern) 55-68
Utah 50-65
Washington (Columbia Basin) 95-105
Wisconsin $20-40
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Michigan $100
Montana 115
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Kansas $65-80
Missouri 65
Nebraska 105
Texas 115-120 (D)
Oat hay: Price/ton
California $85
Colorado 60
South Dakota (western) 60-65
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90-95
Wyoming 80-85
Sorghum-sudan hay: Price/ton
Nebraska (western) $65
Straw: Price/ton
Iowa Rye straw $40
Kansas 30-35
Michigan Wheat straw 60
Wisconsin 60
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $132-134
Nebraska 122-125
Wyoming 132
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $110-119
Nebraska 138-164
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
California $100-135
Utah 105-120
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140