The wide range of hay prices around the country point out that economical long-distance shipping is still elusive.

This month's highest reported price for premium-quality alfalfa is in Virginia, at $226/ton. The low-est: $70/ton in Wyoming and western Nebraska.

These are early January USDA prices. 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
Idaho $100
Kansas (southwestern) 100-160
Kansas (northwestern) 85-150
Montana 100-120
Oregon 120-125
Utah 75-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-130
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-182 (D)
California (central) 165-175 (D)
California (southern) 115
Colorado (northeastern) 90-100
Colorado (southeastern) 80-90
Illinois (northern) 120-130
Illinois (southern) 115-135
Iowa (central) 130-140
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100
Kansas (southwestern) 95-105
Kansas (southeastern) 80-100
Missouri 90-125
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-120
Nebraska (western) 70-85
Nevada (western) 145-150
New Mexico 123-155
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 115
South Dakota (western) 75-85
South Dakota (east river) 90-130
Texas (panhandle) 130-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 145-160
Utah 75-90
Virginia 226
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-115
Wyoming 70-85
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $152-167 (D)
California (central) 145-165 (D)
California (southern) 106-115
Colorado (northeastern) 80-90
Colorado (southeastern) 70-75
Idaho 75-80
Illinois 90-110
Iowa (central) 100-130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 80-95
Kansas 70-95
Minnesota (southwestern) 73-85
Montana 60-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-115
Nebraska (western) 60-65
Nevada (northern) 105-110
Nevada (western) 130
New Mexico (eastern) 110-120
New Mexico (southern) 105-115 (D)
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 100-115
South Dakota (western) 60-65
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
Texas (panhandle) 115-140 (D)
Texas (eastern) 125-140
Utah 50-70
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-107
Wyoming 60-70
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-155 (D)
California (central) 145 (D)
California (southern) 90-95
Colorado (northeastern) 50
Colorado (southeastern) 55-60
Idaho 60-75
Illinois 70-90
Iowa (central) 55-60
Kansas 65-70
Minnesota (southwestern) 58-65
Nebraska (western) 40-55
Nevada (western) 100-110
New Mexico 85-95
Oregon (Harney County) 70-80
Texas (panhandle) 85-100
Texas (eastern) 80-90
Utah 40-45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 70-85
Wyoming 50-60
Oat hay Price/ton
Colorado $50-55
Wyoming 55-70
Straw Price/ton
Colorado $35-40
Illinois 50-80
Kansas 35-40
Montana 25-30
Nebraska 20-30
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $110
Nebraska 95-106
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $99
Kansas 89-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $85-115
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140
Wyoming 80-90