Tuesday 24 July 2012
More hay cut
The NASS June 29 Acreage report forecasts 2012 harvested acres of all hay at 57.7 million, up 2.1 million from last year, which was the lowest all hay area on record going back to 1919.
Harvested area of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is forecast at 18.8 million acres, down 386,000 from 2011.
Area for harvest of all other types of hay is expected to total 38.8 million acres, up 2.4 million acres from 2011.
Harvested area for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to be the lowest since 1949.
click image to zoomSource: USDA, World Agricultural Outlook Board, WASDE.Figure 7.
At 5-year average yields, all hay production would be 138 million tons, up 7 million from 2011, but the second lowest since 1988.
Harvested acres of all hay are expected to be below or equal to last year for most States in the Corn Belt, Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain regions.
Lower harvested acreage is expected in Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Colorado while higher acreage is expected in Texas and Oklahoma.
North Dakota is expected to increase harvest acres of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures while lower acreage of these types of hay are expected in South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.
Source: USDA Feed Outlook
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