USDA Hay Production Forecast Changes Little

Recently, USDA published its October Crop Production report with updates to its August report. Final crop production estimates won’t be available until January’s Crop Production Annual Summary report. USDA made no adjustment to alfalfa acres for any state from August to October. These will be made in the January summary report. It did drop the U.S. yield of dry alfalfa hay acres by 0.02 tons per acre, which lowered total production by 343,000 tons (less than 1%). Like alfalfa, grass hay (hay other than alfalfa) acres were not changed from August. The U.S. average yield for grass hay was raised by 0.04 tons per acre to 2.04. This resulted in a total production increase of about 1.4 million tons, or 2%. Read the full article in Hay and Forage Grower. ~ Mike Rankin