Higher hay prices came in with colder weather in much of the country this winter. In many states, prices for high-quality alfalfa now are the highest they've been in several years.

These prices were gathered in January from hay growers and USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are bulk unless otherwise indicated.

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
Indiana $200 (D)
Iowa (northeastern) 125-140
Kansas 120-150
Michigan 110-120
North Carolina 150
Utah 90-130
Wisconsin 65
Wyoming 95-120
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $150-170 (D)
California (central) 150-160 (D)
California (southern) 113-120
Colorado (southwestern) 105-115
Illinois (to IN) 170 (D)
Illinois (to IA) 155 (D)
Indiana 140 (D)
Iowa 90-125
Kansas (southwestern) 110-120
Kansas (northeastern) 100-115
Michigan 100-110
Missouri 110-135
Nevada 125-135
New Mexico 135-145
Oklahoma 110-129
Oregon (southern) 123-125
South Dakota 75-115
Texas (panhandle) 125-180 (D)
Texas (eastern) 120-140
Utah 95-105
Virginia 135-147
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115
Wisconsin 100-120
Wyoming (eastern) 85-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (central) $150 (D)
California (southern) 110
Colorado (southwestern) 90-100
Idaho 100
Iowa 70-120
Indiana 110 (D)
Kansas 90
Michigan 70-100
Nebraska 80-110
Nevada 115-120
New Mexico 115-130
New York 90
Oklahoma 100-115
Oregon 95-110
South Dakota 60-90
Texas (panhandle) 120-135 (D)
Texas (eastern) 90-130
Utah 70-90
Virginia 85-133
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-105
Wisconsin 80-100
Wyoming 75-90
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140 (D)
California (central) 130 (D)
California (southern) 98-105
Colorado (southwestern) 75-80
Idaho 92-95
Indiana 90 (D)
Iowa (northeastern) 50-60
Michigan 60
Nebraska 70-105
New York 70
New Mexico 90-115
Nevada 95-110
Oklahoma 55-70
Oregon (eastern) 95
Utah 50-65
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100
Wisconsin 50-80
Oat hay Price/ton
California (central) $110
Colorado (northeastern) 60-70
Oregon 100-103
Texas (panhandle) 52 (D)
Wyoming 80-100
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Michigan $90-110
Michigan (to FL) 140 (D)
Montana 125-135
New York 90
Virginia 84-117
Straw: Price/ton
Indiana Wheat straw $120 (D)
Idaho 45-50
Iowa Oat straw 60-85
Kansas 60
Michigan Wheat straw 70-75
Michigan (to KY) Wheat straw 120(D)
New York Wheat straw 100
North Carolina Wheat straw 120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 37-45
Wisconsin 60-80
Wyoming Wheat straw 45
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $140-144
Nebraska 133-136
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $125-130
Nebraska 128
Texas (panhandle) 128-132 (D)
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
California (northern) $125
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140