While supplies of high-quality hay are tight and prices high in most areas, there are some exceptions. Diligent shoppers may find the hay they need at reasonable prices. For more details, see the story on page 6.

These prices were gathered in late October 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.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com
Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $90-95
California (southern) 127 (D)
Iowa 125
Kansas 110-170
Michigan 100-190
Nebraska 120
New Mexico (to FL, TX) 215-240 (D)
New York 100
Utah 90-140
Wisconsin 85
Wyoming (eastern) 125
Wyoming (western) 110-125
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130-145 (D)
California (central) 125-145 (D)
California (southern) 130-133 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 105-120
Colorado (southwestern) 130-140
Idaho 80-90
Illinois 130-165
Iowa 100-120
Kansas (southeastern) 95-105
Kansas (northwestern) 100-110
Michigan 180
Missouri 100-125
Nebraska 110-150
Nevada 90-105
New Mexico 135-175
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (southern) 105-110
Oregon (eastern) 115
South Dakota (east river) 90-100
Texas (western) 130-170
Texas (eastern) 120-140
Utah 90-100
Virginia 126-134
Washington (Columbia Basin) 95-115
Wyoming 100-120
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $110-122 (D)
California (central) 85-110
California (southern) 85-95
Colorado (southeastern) 100-105
Colorado (southwestern) 115-125
Idaho 75-80
Illinois 110-130
Iowa 110 (D)
Kansas 100
Michigan 90
Nebraska 100-110
Nevada 90-105
New Mexico 125-150
New York 90
Oklahoma 85-105
Oregon (southern) 100
Oregon (eastern) 85-90
South Dakota (east river) 75-85
Texas (western) 105-130
Texas (eastern) 80-100
Utah 80-95
Washington (Columbia Basin) 85-90
Wyoming (western) 90-95
Wyoming (eastern) 85-95
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $95-102 (D)
California (central) 75-90
Colorado 80-100
Idaho 60-75
Illinois 80-100
Iowa 60-65
Kansas 85-100
Michigan 45-160
Nevada 70-75
New Mexico 95-125
Oklahoma (central) 45-55
Oklahoma (panhandle) 60-75
Oregon (eastern) 75-80
Washington (Columbia Basin) 75-85
Wyoming (eastern) 70
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Michigan $100-180
New York 90
Wisconsin 85
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Missouri $75-95
Texas 105-145 (D)
Straw: Price/ton
Kansas $40-45
Michigan 60-80
Michigan Precut rye 125
Missouri 50-70
New York 80-90
Virginia 61
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $146-155
Nebraska 145
Wyoming 140
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $130-150
Kansas 129-138
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140