The past fall's near-record warmth apparently eased pressure on the nation's hay supply, as prices held mostly steady. Now that winter is finally here, though, look for prices to strengthen.

These prices were gathered in December 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
Iowa $100-135
Kansas 120-150
Michigan 110-130
Montana 105-120
Nebraska (western) 100-120
New Mexico (to FL racetrack) 245-255 (D)
New Mexico (to TX) 195-220 (D)
Wisconsin 105 (D)
Wyoming 95-125
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $150
California (central) 150-160
California (southern) 190 (D)
Colorado 105-130
Idaho 120-125
Illinois 115-150
Iowa 70-125
Kansas 100-125
Michigan 100-120
Missouri 110-135 (D)
Montana 85-90
Nebraska 90-140
Nevada 135-150
New Mexico (to MI) 180 (D)
New Mexico (to TX) 160 (D)
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon 110-130
South Dakota (East River) 80-100
Texas (Panhandle) 155-165
Texas (eastern) 120-140
Utah 95-105
Virginia 105-133
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-130
Wisconsin 90 (D)
Wyoming 85-90
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $110-150
California (central) 135-160
California (southern) 110-120
Colorado 85-120
Idaho 110
Illinois 100-135
Michigan 60-100
Montana 80-120
Nebraska 80-120
Nevada 15-135
New York 80
Oklahoma 100-115
Oregon 105-125
South Dakota (East River) 65-80
Texas (Panhandle) 100-110
Texas (eastern) 80-110
Utah 70-90
Virginia 88-93
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105-110
Wyoming 75-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $130-140
California (central) 130
California (southern) 90-105
Colorado 75-90
Idaho 90-105
Illinois 65-100
Iowa 40-90
Michigan 40-60
Minnesota (southwestern) 73-80
Nebraska 40-70
Nevada 95-105
Oklahoma 45-60
Oregon 90-105
Utah 50-65
Wisconsin 60-80
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Missouri $85-110 (D)
Texas (Panhandle) 90-130 (D)
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Michigan $90-140
Montana 80-135
Pennsylvania (eastern) 85-120
Oat hay: Price/ton
California $189 (D)
Colorado 65-70
Illinois 75-80
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $60-100
Idaho Wheat straw 40
Iowa Oat straw 80-90
Kansas 60
Michigan Wheat straw 60-90
Montana 50-55 (D)
New York 90
North Carolina Wheat straw 142-162 (D)
Pennsylvania (eastern) 90-110
Wisconsin 60-70
Wyoming Wheat straw 45
17% Dehydrated alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $140-148
Nebraska 133-138
Wyoming 135
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $125-130
Nebraska 128
South Dakota (western) 145
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah (50-lb bags) $120-140
Wyoming (50-lb bags) 100-115