It would be interesting to hear from everyone what they paid for their hay this year.
Here in the Kansas City area, prices were all over the place. Most people here buy brome hay for their quality hay or mixed grass (often has weeds in it) if they are feeding livestock or pasture horses.
I think around here what is making buying square bales harder is less farmers are baling squares because it is so hard to find help and then some farmers are buying the equipment that doesn't require the help. I can't remember what the equipment is called that sets 10 bales on the ground at once but then there is the grappler that comes after that to get the 10 bales.
The prices varied based on if you got it out of the field (usually adding another $1 to $1.25/bale out of the barn).
#50 Brome Square bales: range $5 to $9.50
#50 Alfalfa square bales: range $7 to $11
Brome round bales: $100 to $150
Brome round bales: $150 to $175
I bought 200 brome square bales at $5.25 picking it out of the field and then luckily got another 300 bales at $3/bale from an older farmer. His bales were really good quality but his baler was old and the bales weren't very tight which made moving them sometimes a challenge but I was willing to deal with that given the price.
I've seen some folks here post paying $11 or more for square bales. I can't remember what size they were but I would have to give up horses if I had to pay those prices for #50 bales.