Hay prices and hauling costs are both gaining strength. But some reasonably priced hay may still be available not far from your dairy.

These prices were gathered by USDA in late August. 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 (northern) $120-130 (D)
California (central) 130-135 (D)
Idaho 85-100
Kansas (southwestern) 100-145
Nebraska (western) 100-125
Oregon 120-140
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 120-130
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $175-205 (D)
California (southern) 175 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 100-155
Idaho 110-130
Illinois (northern) 115-140
Iowa (Rock Valley) 113
Iowa (Maurice) 95
Kansas (southwestern) 90-105
Kansas (northwestern) 85-100
Missouri 90-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-125
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nevada (northwestern) 150-155
New Mexico 130-165
Oklahoma (western) 100-120
Oklahoma (eastern) 70-80
Oregon (eastern) 100
South Dakota (east river) 93-110
South Dakota (western) 70-80
Texas (panhandle) 130-175 (D)
Texas (eastern) 140-150 (D)
Utah 80-105
Virginia 123-125
Washington (Columbia Basin) 125
Wyoming 70-85
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-185 (D)
California (southern) 165-175 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 80-145
Idaho 90-100
Illinois (northern) 100-115
Illinois (southern) 100-120
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-90
Kansas (southwestern) 72-100
Kansas (northeastern) 85
Minnesota (southwestern) 63-70
Missouri 70-110
Montana 75-90
Nebraska (northeastern) 100-115
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada 120-130
New Mexico 105-120
Oklahoma (western) 90-120
Oklahoma (eastern) 65-75
Oregon (eastern) 85-100
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 120-128
South Dakota (east river) 65-85
South Dakota (Alcester) 60-63
South Dakota (western) 65-75
Texas (panhandle) 125-150 (D)
Texas (eastern) 128-145
Utah 60-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105
Wyoming 60-70
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $135-150 (D)
California (southern) 140 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 65
Idaho 75-90
Illinois (northern) 85-100
Illinois (southern) 70-90
Iowa 53-60
Kansas (southwestern) 70-85
Kansas (northeastern) 65
Minnesota (southwestern) 53-60
Montana 55-60
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-98
Nebraska (western) 50-55
Nevada 90-100
Oklahoma (western) 70-85
Oklahoma (eastern) 40-50
Oregon (eastern) 95
South Dakota (east river) 50-65
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Texas (panhandle) 90-110 (D)
Texas (eastern) 100-110 (D)
Utah 45-55
Wyoming (eastern) 50-55
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $288-310 (D)
Montana 120-140
Nevada 225-240
Wyoming 125
Straw: Price/ton
California (central) $60
California (southern) 40-45
Illinois 45-90
Nebraska (western) 25-30
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $125
Nebraska (northeastern) 120-122
Nebraska (Platte Valley 118
Wyoming 125
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $92-100
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming 90-100