Hay stocks mixed in major dairy states

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Nationally, U.S. farmers entered the 2014 growing season with more hay in storage than a year ago, but that's not the case in several major dairy states, according to USDA’s Crop Production report released May 9.

All hay stored on United States farms May 1 totaled 19.2 million tons, up 35% from a year ago. While up from last tear, this is the third lowest May 1 stocks level since 1989.

May 1 hay stocks levels were record lows in California, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. In addition to California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, other major dairy states reporting lower stocks compared to last year were Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.

Nationally, May 1 hay stocks were up from 2013 as improved weather conditions lead to larger production totals in many states when compared with drought conditions in 2012. However, regional declines in stocks levels were due to lower production in the Southeast, drought conditions in the West and Southern Plains, and a cold, wet spring in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest.

Disappearance from December 1, 2013-May 1, 2014 totaled 70.1 million tons, compared with 62.4 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

 

Hay stocks on U.S. farms, May 1, 2013, 2014

 

 

 

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2014

 

(1,000 tons)

(1,000 tons)

Alabama

215

300

Arizona

35

35

Arkansas

170

550

California

320

140

Colorado

360

320

Connecticut

7

8

Delaware

3

2

Florida

25

55

Georgia

250

170

Idaho

570

320

Illinois

155

310

Indiana

110

200

Iowa

290

410

Kansas

460

1,340

Kentucky

470

700

Louisiana

150

105

Maine

22

18

Maryland

75

70

Massachusetts

12

19

Michigan

140

270

Minnesota

490

440

Mississippi

200

160

Missouri

600

1,800

Montana

860

875

Nebraska

610

1,150

Nevada

140

45

New Hampshire

10

6

New Jersey

15

22

New Mexico

105

90

New York

150

330

North Carolina

240

220

North Dakota

880

1,200

Ohio

140

275

Oklahoma

700

1,100

Oregon

230

210

Pennsylvania

300

300

Rhode Island

1

1

South Carolina

110

95

South Dakota

850

1,480

Tennessee

425

630

Texas

1,650

1,350

Utah

230

300

Vermont

36

45

Virginia

410

470

Washington

180

290

West Virginia

145

235

Wisconsin

410

435

Wyoming

200

280

United States

14,156

19,176

Source: USDA Crop Production report, May 1, 2014



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