Other Hay Harvest Looks Better



WASHINGTON - Oct 10/19 - SNS -- Production of hay other than alfalfa is forecast at 76.7 million tons, up 1% from the previous forecast and up 8% from 2018, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Based on October 1 conditions, the United States yield is expected to average 2.13 tons per acre, up 0.02 ton from the previous forecast and up 0.17 ton from last year.

If realized, this would represent a new record high for the United States, surpassing the previous record of 2.09 tons per acre in 2016. Harvested area is forecast at 35.9 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but down 1% from 2018.

All Other Hay Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018 and
Forecasted October 1, 2019
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                 :    Area harvested     :    Yield per acre     :      Production
      State      :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :   2019
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                 :  --- 1,000 acres --       ----- tons -----       --- 1,000 tons ---
                 :
Alabama 1/ ......:     850         760       2.80        2.50        2,380       1,900
Arkansas ........:   1,200       1,180       1.80        2.00        2,160       2,360
California ......:     360         330       3.90        3.50        1,404       1,155
Colorado ........:     690         730       1.65        1.80        1,139       1,314
Georgia 1/ ......:     600         580       2.90        2.90        1,740       1,682
Idaho ...........:     290         240       2.10        2.00          609         480
Illinois ........:     220         230       2.20        2.20          484         506
Indiana .........:     270         300       2.45        2.10          662         630
Iowa ............:     320         380       2.20        2.60          704         988
Kansas ..........:   1,750       1,700       1.50        1.90        2,625       3,230
                 :
Kentucky ........:   1,750       2,000       2.65        2.40        4,638       4,800
Louisiana 1/ ....:     380         390       2.20        2.40          836         936
Michigan ........:     220         230       1.80        1.60          396         368
Minnesota .......:     500         450       2.05        2.00        1,025         900
Mississippi 1/ ..:     590         600       2.10        2.30        1,239       1,380
Missouri ........:   2,800       2,900       1.70        2.20        4,760       6,380
Montana .........:   1,000         900       1.70        1.50        1,700       1,350
Nebraska ........:   1,850       1,600       1.80        1.70        3,330       2,720
New York ........:     920         920       2.20        2.00        2,024       1,840
North Carolina ..:     810         810       2.70        2.40        2,187       1,944
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North Dakota ....:   1,200       1,300       1.60        1.70        1,920       2,210
Ohio ............:     620         640       2.05        2.10        1,271       1,344
Oklahoma ........:   3,000       3,100       1.50        1.90        4,500       5,890
Oregon ..........:     580         620       2.30        2.40        1,334       1,488
Pennsylvania ....:     890         820       2.10        2.40        1,869       1,968
South Dakota ....:   1,500       1,450       1.35        1.70        2,025       2,465
Tennessee .......:   1,700       1,750       2.45        2.80        4,165       4,900
Texas ...........:   4,600       4,300       1.65        2.20        7,590       9,460
Virginia ........:   1,100       1,100       2.20        2.20        2,420       2,420
Washington ......:     410         360       2.90        3.00        1,189       1,080
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West Virginia ...:     520         480       1.70        1.80          884         864
Wisconsin .......:     540         550       1.90        1.90        1,026       1,045
Wyoming .........:     500         530       1.60        1.60          800         848
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Other States 2/ .:   1,701       1,715       2.31        2.26        3,931       3,868
                 :
United States ...:  36,231      35,945       1.96        2.13       70,966      76,713
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1/ Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures included in all other hay.
2/ Other States include Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland,
   Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South
   Carolina, Utah, and Vermont. Individual State level estimates will be published in the
   "Crop Production 2019 Summary."