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Hay harvested acres estimate down

The USDA has lowered their hay harvested area estimate from the March guess.

51.531 million acres of all types of hay are expected to be harvested in 2024, 31,000 less than in the March projection and 2% lower than 2023, partially due to smaller planted area.

That year-to-year change in harvested acres includes a slight decline for alfalfa and mixtures to 15.627 million acres and a 3% decrease in all other types of hay to 35.904 million acres.

Hay supply and demand, and hay prices, are highly regional and can vary widely even within those regions.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Hay: Other: 1.22 million acres, compared to 1.16 million the year before

Illinois: Hay: All: 480,000 acres, compared to 410,000 acres in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 220,000 acres, compared to 180,000 a year ago; Other: 260,000 acres, compared to 230,000 the year before

Indiana: Hay: All: 530,000 acres, unchanged from 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 260,000 acres, compared to 270,000 a year ago; Other: 270,000 acres, compared to 260,000 the year before

Iowa: All: 1.04 million acres, compared to 1.01 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 720,000 acres, compared to 750,000 a year ago; Other: 320,000 acres, compared to 260,000 the year before

Kansas: Hay: All: 2.34 million acres, compared to 2.795 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 610,000 acres, compared to 735,000 a year ago; Other: 1.73 million acres, compared to 2.06 million the year before

Kentucky: Hay: All: 2.11 million acres, compared to 2.07 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 80,000 acres, compared to 90,000 a year ago; Other: 2.03 million acres, compared to 1.98 million the year before

Michigan: Hay: All: 780,000 acres, unchanged from 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 550,000 acres, steady with a year ago; Other: 230,000 acres, compared to 230,000 the year before

Minnesota: Hay: All: 1.17 million acres, compared to 1.07 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 680,000 acres, compared to 660,000 a year ago; Other: 490,000 acres, compared to 410,000 the year before

Missouri: Hay: All: 2.93 million acres, compared to 3.855 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 230,000 acres, compared to 205,000 a year ago; Other: 2.7 million acres, compared to 3.65 million the year before

Nebraska: Hay: All: 2.57 million acres, compared to 2.285 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 930,000 acres, compared to 850,000 a year ago; Other: 1.64 million acres, compared to 1.435 million the year before

Ohio: Hay: All: 810,000 acres, unchanged from 810,000 in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 290,000 acres, steady with a year ago; Other: 520,000 acres, compared to 520,000 the year before

South Dakota: Hay: All: 2.95 million acres, compared to 2.955 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 1.65 million acres, compared to 1.69 million a year ago; Other: 1.3 million acres, compared to 1.265 million the year before

Tennessee: Hay: All: 1.692 million acres, compared to 1.716 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 12,000 acres, compared to 16,000 a year ago; Other: 1.68 million acres, compared to 1.7 million the year before

Wisconsin: Hay: All: 1.21 million acres, compared to 1.03 million in 2023; Alfalfa and Mixtures: 800,000 acres, compared to 640,000 a year ago; Other: 410,000 acres, compared to 390,000 the year before

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