Hay prices overall have risen by $5 to $10/ton in recent weeks, but few big increases are apparent. The highest prices for premium-quality alfalfa are in California; the lowest, in parts of Nebraska and South Dakota.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early December. 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 (southern) $165-175
Kansas (southwestern) 120-160
Kansas (northeastern) 100-120
Nebraska (western) 100-125
Utah 90-120
Oregon 120-135
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $175-190
California (central) 185-200 (D)
California (southern) 180-200
Colorado 95-150
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-105
Iowa (Maurice) 130
Kansas 90-110
Minnesota 97-105
Missouri 90-125
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-140
Nevada 140-165
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 145
Oregon (Lake County) 135
South Dakota (east river) 90-105
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 140-170 (D)
Texas (eastern) 130-140
Utah 85-100
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125
Wyoming (eastern) 75-85
Wyoming (western) 80-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $170
California (central) 155-173 (D)
California (southern) 160-165 (D)
Colorado 80-115
Iowa (Rock Valley) 74-93
Iowa (Maurice) 79-90
Kansas 80-105
Minnesota (southwestern) 68-85
Minnesota (southeastern) 63-115
Montana 55-90
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nebraska (northeastern) 105-115
Nevada 120-130
Oklahoma 90-110
Oregon (Harney County) 110
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
South Dakota (western) 60-75
Texas (panhandle) 150-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 125-140 (D)
Utah 60-80
Wyoming (eastern) 60-75
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $135
California (central) 145-150 (D)
Colorado 70-85
Idaho 60
Kansas 65-90
Minnesota (southwestern) 50-58
Montana 55-60
Nebraska (western) 45-55
Nebraska (northeastern) 40-91
Nevada 90-125
Oklahoma 70-80
Oregon (eastern) 90
South Dakota (east river) 50-60
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Texas (panhandle) 95-115 (D)
Texas (eastern) 100-115 (D)
Utah 45-55
Washington (Columbia Basin) 80-90
Wyoming (eastern) 40-55
Orchardgrass hay: Price/ton
Washington (Columbia Basin) $140-150
Oregon 125-140
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $120-140
Nevada 160-180
Wyoming (eastern) 140
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $130
Iowa (Rock Valley) 53
Kansas 45-50
Montana 25
Nebraska (western) 25-30
South Dakota (western) 45
Washington (Columbia Basin) 50
Wyoming 35-40
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $130-132
Nebraska 120-126
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Colorado $101
Kansas 100-103
South Dakota 100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $100-128
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140
Wyoming 90