So far, hay prices haven't reached the high levels predicted before winter. Among the states where prices were reported for this month, premium-quality alfalfa is bringing the most money in California, New Mexico and western Texas; the least, in Utah and Wyoming. These late-February prices are from 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
Idaho $90
Kansas 100-160
Michigan 125
Nebraska (western) 110
Utah 75-100
Wisconsin 115
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $135-145 (D)
California (central) 135-140 (D)
California (southern) 118 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 130
Colorado (northwestern) 100
Illinois 120-130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100-117
Kansas 80-105
Minnesota (southeastern) 115-142
Missouri 80-110
Montana 120
Nebraska (northeastern) 110-120
Nebraska (western) 85
Nevada 90-100
New Mexico 130-140
Oklahoma 100-110
Oregon (central) 90-105
South Dakota (east river) 90-110
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 120-165 (D)
Texas (western) 160-165
Utah 60-70
Virginia 91-110
Washington (Columbia Basin) 85-95
Wyoming 65-80
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $115 (D)
California (central) 112-125 (D)
California (southern) 105-115 (D)
Idaho 70-80
Illinois 90-115
Iowa 90-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 62-70
Kansas 80-90
Michigan 115
Minnesota (southeastern) 122
Montana 55-70
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-110
Nebraska (western) 55-65
Nevada 80-90
New Mexico 110-130
Oklahoma 95-105
Oregon 80-85
South Dakota (east river) 65-75
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Texas (panhandle) 95-125 (D)
Texas (eastern) 105-115 (D)
Utah 50-60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 70
Wyoming 55-65
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $70-100
California (central) 96-107 (D)
California (southern) 88-98 (D)
Idaho 65
Illinois 70-90
Iowa 45-60
Kansas 80-90
Michigan 65
Minnesota (southeastern) 85-110
Nebraska (western) 40-50
Nevada 50-75
New Mexico 90-110
Oklahoma 50-60
Oregon (eastern) 70
South Dakota (western) 45-50
Texas (panhandle) 70-80 (D)
Utah 40-45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 60
Wyoming 40-55
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140
California (southern) 270-280
Michigan 110
Montana 120
Oregon (central) 130
Virginia 122
Washington (Columbia Basin) 110
Wyoming 125
Straw: Price/ton
California (southern) $32
Colorado 40 (D)
Illinois 60-80
Kansas 40-45
Minnesota (southeastern) 55-80
Nebraska (western) 20-30
Washington (Columbia Basin) 32-50
17% Dehydrated alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $115
Nebraska (northeastern) 105-106
Nebraska (western) 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $102
Kansas 95-106
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140