Hay prices continue to rise as supplies tighten. Premium-quality alfalfa is now bringing well over $100/ton almost everywhere, and good-quality alfalfa has passed that level in most states.

These prices were gathered in early February by 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
California (northern) $185 (D)
California (southern) 168-223 (D)
Kansas (southwestern) 180-215
Kansas (northeastern) 130-160
Nevada 130-140
Oregon (Lake County) 140
South Dakota (western) 120
Utah 100-140
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-160
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $165-190 (D)
California (central) 185-211 (D)
California (southern) 165 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 130-220
Illinois 120-160
Iowa (Rock Valley) 100-123
Iowa (central) 120-145
Kansas (southwestern) 150-155
Kansas (northeastern) 110-140
Minnesota (southwestern) 100-108
Missouri 140-175
Montana 100-125
Nebraska (northeastern) 130-140
Nebraska (western) 100-110
Oklahoma 150-180
Oregon (Lake County) 150
South Dakota (east river) 110-125
South Dakota (western) 90-100
Texas (panhandle) 180-250 (D)
Texas (eastern) 190-240 (D)
Washington (Columbia Basin) 135
Wyoming (western) 100-130
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-185 (D)
California (central) 155-172 (D)
California (southern) 155 (D)
Colorado (Fort Collins) 168-260
Idaho 100
Illinois 110-135
Iowa (Maurice) 75-93
Iowa (central) 100
Minnesota (southwestern) 73-98
Montana 90-100
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-120
Nebraska (western) 90-125
Oklahoma 140-160
Oregon (Lake County) 130
South Dakota (east river) 85-100
South Dakota (western) 80-85
Texas (panhandle) 160-200 (D)
Utah 70-95
Washington (Columbia Basin) 105
Wyoming (western) 85-100
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-160 (D)
California (central) 145-155 (D)
Idaho 85-100
Illinois (northern) 80-110
Illinois (southern) 70-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 75
Iowa (central) 55-60
Kansas (northeastern) 100-120
Minnesota (southwestern) 65-68
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-100
Oklahoma 80-100
Oregon (eastern) 120
South Dakota (east river) 80-95
Texas (panhandle) 130-160 (D)
Texas (eastern) 150-160 (D)
Utah 100-110
Washington (Columbia Basin) 100-115
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas (northeastern) $90-110
Missouri 90-140
Texas (panhandle) 165
Timothy hay: Price/ton
California (premium) $285
Montana (premium) 140-150
Oregon (central) 185
Utah 225
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160-220
Wyoming (eastern) 175
Straw: Price/ton
California (central) $80 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 70-75 (D)
Illinois 45-55
Iowa (Rock Valley) 55
Kansas 50-65
Montana 40
Nebraska (northeastern) 50-55
Nebraska (western) 25-60
South Dakota (east river) 55
Virginia 70
Washington (Columbia Basin) 50
Wyoming 50 (D)
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $180
Nebraska 170-175
Wyoming 174 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $160-170
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $120-130