Prices for high-quality alfalfa hay are $50/ton or more higher than year-ago levels in many states. They've been mostly steady in recent weeks, though, as available supplies run low and high prices discourage some potential buyers.

These prices were gathered in mid-December by USDA. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are for bulk sales.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to “USDA Hay Prices” in HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $227-240 (D)
California (central) 210-225
Colorado (southwestern) 180-290
Idaho 150-180
Kansas (southwestern) 150-215
Kansas (northeastern) 185-200
Nebraska (western) 150
Nevada (central) 160
Nevada (western) 180-200
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 180
Utah 125-180
Virginia 232-256
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140-180
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $190
Colorado (northeastern) 150-155
Colorado (southwestern) 145-165
Idaho 160
Illinois (Springfield) 280
Iowa (central) 125-150
Iowa (Rock Valley) 130-132
Kansas 130-150
Minnesota (southwestern) 133-165
Missouri 140-175
Montana 125-135
Nebraska (northeastern) 100-145
Nebraska (western) 115-120
Oklahoma 130-160
Oregon (Harney County) 160
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 170
South Dakota (east river) 120-170
South Dakota (western) 90-110
Texas (panhandle) 180-260 (D)
Texas (eastern) 160-190 (D)
Utah 125-150
Virginia 157
Washington (Columbia Basin) 160
Wyoming 110-135
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $180
California (central) 210-225 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 120-130
Colorado (southwestern) 125-140
Illinois (Springfield) 200
Kansas (southwestern) 120-140
Kansas (northeastern) 95-135
Missouri 90-160
Montana 85-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 70-115
Nebraska (western) 95-125
Nevada (western) 170-175
Oklahoma 100-130
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 150
South Dakota (east river) 95-120
South Dakota (western) 70-90
Texas (panhandle) 150-200 (D)
Texas (eastern) 160-190 (D)
Utah 100-125
Virginia 161
Washington (Columbia Basin) 140
Wyoming 90-130
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (southern) $165
Colorado (northeastern) 100-115
Illinois (Springfield) 140
Kansas (southwestern) 100-120
Montana 65-70
Nevada (western) 170
Oklahoma 65-85
Oregon (eastern) 130
South Dakota (western) 60-70
Wyoming 95-115
Bromegrass hay Price/ton
Kansas (northeastern) $80-130
Missouri 70-130
Prairie hay: Price/ton
Kansas $75-100
Missouri 80-125
Texas (panhandle) 135-185 (D)
Virginia (fair quality) 131
Timothy hay: Price/ton
Montana $150
Nevada (premium quality) 280
Straw: Price/ton
Colorado $60-70
Illinois (Springfield) 60-100
Kansas (northeastern) 35-60
Montana (small squares) 60-90
South Dakota (east river) 55-60
17% Dehydrated alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $195
Nebraska 180-195
Virginia 100-105
Wyoming 179 (D)
15% Suncured alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $140-160
South Dakota 155
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
Utah $150-180
Wyoming 110-120