▪ Dairy producers looking for hay bargains may be disappointed this year. Prices for high-quality alfalfa are more consistently high across the country than they've been in several years.

These prices were gathered in late August from USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com
Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Kansas (southwestern) $130-160
Kansas (northeastern) 140-150
Wyoming 110-125
Utah 100-140
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $115-145
California (central) 110-125
California (southern) 130-170
Colorado 100-140
Idaho 80-95
Illinois 120-140
Iowa 100-120
Kansas (southwestern) 105-120
Missouri 100-135
Montana 70-75
Nebraska 110-150
Nevada 100-125
New Mexico 135-170
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (central) 115
Oregon (eastern) 95-100
South Dakota (east river) 90-100
Texas (panhandle) 110-120
Texas (eastern) 120-140
Utah 90-105
Virginia 125-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-120
Wyoming 100-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $90-110
California (central) 90-108
California (southern) 105-115
Colorado 90-115
Idaho 65-80
Illinois 100-125
Iowa 85-110
Kansas (southwestern) 100-105
Montana 60-80
Nebraska 90-150
Nevada 90-105
New Mexico 125-150
Oklahoma 75-105
Oregon (central) 100
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 110-112
South Dakota (east river) 75-85
Texas (panhandle) 100-110
Texas (eastern) 110-120
Utah 85-100
Virginia 75-85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110-115
Wyoming 80-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $80-95
Colorado 110-120 (D)
Idaho 60-70
Illinois (northern) 80-90
Iowa 60-95
Nevada 70-80
New Mexico 90-120
Oklahoma 45-60
Oregon (eastern) 70-75
South Dakota (east river) 65-75
South Dakota (western) 90 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 80-90
Bermudagrass hay Price/ton
California (central) $165 (D)
California (southern) 70-110
Alabama 115 (D)
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas $70-100
Missouri 90-120
Oat hay Price/ton
California (southern) $110
Colorado 70-100
Idaho 65
Oregon (central) 85
Washington (Columbia Basin) 95
Orchardgrass hay Price/ton
California (northern) $110-140
Oregon 120-135
Virginia 72-97
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-145
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $120-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135-140
Straw: Price/ton
California (northern) $52 (D)
Idaho 25-30
Illinois 60-90
Kansas 30-45
Montana 25
Missouri 50-70
Washington (Columbia Basin) 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $145-155
Nebraska 140-145
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $125-135
Nebraska 140-170
South Dakota 185
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $105-125