Supplies of high-quality alfalfa are tighter than usual due to widespread dry weather this summer. Prices are above year-ago levels in most the country.

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.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $120-130
California (southern) 143-203 (D)
Colorado 160-220
Idaho 110-120
Kansas (southwestern) 160-200
Kansas (northeastern) 125-160
New Mexico 155-165
Oregon 110-165
Utah 90-120
Wyoming 110-115
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $145-161 (D)
California (central) 165-183 (D)
California (southern) 130-160
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 135-185
Idaho 120-130
Illinois (northern) 115-140
Illinois (southern) 120-140
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-103
Kansas (southwestern) 125-140
Kansas (northeastern) 110-140
Missouri 100-125
Montana 75-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 125-135
Nevada 100-120
New Mexico (eastern) 165-185 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 150-165
Oklahoma 160-180
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 140
South Dakota (east river) 90-110
Texas (panhandle) 180-215 (D)
Texas (eastern) 180-210 (D)
Utah 80-95
Washington (Columbia Basin) 127-128
Wyoming 100-110
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $125-151 (D)
California (central) 135-142 (D)
California (southern) 120-140
Colorado (northeastern) 120-125 (D)
Idaho 105-115
Illinois 100-120
Iowa (central) 100
Iowa (Rock Valley) 73-90
Kansas (southwestern) 120-140
Kansas (northeastern) 95-115
Minnesota (southwestern) 70-85
Montana 60-90
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nevada 80-100
New Mexico (eastern) 145-165 (D)
New Mexico (southern) 130-140 (D)
Oklahoma 140-160
Oregon (eastern) 100-110
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 120
South Dakota (east river) 65-85
South Dakota (Alcester) 60-70
Texas (panhandle) 150-195 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-170 (D)
Utah 60-80
Virginia 100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120
Wyoming 90-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $105-122 (D)
California (central) 115-122 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 110-120
Idaho 80-90
Illinois 70-90
Iowa 48-75
Nebraska (northeastern) 90
Oklahoma 80-100
South Dakota (east river) 50-65
South Dakota (Alcester) 47-60
Texas (panhandle) 140-150 (D)
Texas (eastern) 140-150 (D)
Utah 45-55
Wyoming 70-75
Oat hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $75-100
Colorado (northeastern) 90-105 (D)
Idaho 70
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 80
Texas (panhandle) 125 (D)
Wyoming 65-75
Straw: Price/ton
California (central) $42-45
Idaho 36-38
Illinois 45-80
Iowa (Rock Valley) 60-65
Kansas 50-60
Nebraska 25-50
South Dakota (east river) 53-55
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $170
Nebraska 152-160
Wyoming 142
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $160
Kansas 145-153
South Dakota 135
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Colorado $138
Utah 120-142
Wyoming 95-100