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U.S. hay inventories rebound

Progressive Forage Editor Dave Natzke Published on 13 January 2020

All hay stored on U.S. farms as of Dec. 1, 2019, totaled nearly 84.5 million tons, up 7% from a year earlier, according to the USDA’s Crop Production report, released Jan. 10.

Despite the rebound, the total still represents the third-smallest inventory since 2006 (Table 1).

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Overall, the largest increases in stocks from one year ago were seen in Kansas, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota and Texas, all resulting from increased production.

Hay stocks levels for Dec. 1 were record lows in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Among the 24 “major” dairy states listed by the USDA, 12 had more hay compared to a year earlier, with inventories down in 11; Idaho was unchanged. At 43.9 million tons, total dairy state dry hay inventories were up nearly 2.9 million tons (7%) from Dec. 1, 2018.  end mark

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