Wyoming hay production expected to be 12 percent above last year
The Oct. 1 forecast for all Wyoming hay production in 2007 is up 12 percent from last year and up two percent from 2005, according to Kim Faircloth with the Wyoming Field Office of USDA NASS.
Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 1.54 million tons, up 10 percent from 2006 but one percent below 2005. Harvested area is expected to total 550,000 acres with an average yield of 2.8 tons per acre. Acreage for harvest is up 50,000 acres from 2006, but the yield is unchanged.
Other hay production is forecast at 825,000 tons, up 15 percent from 2006 and up nine percent from 2005. If realized, this would be the largest production since 1999. Producers expect to harvest 550,000 acres of other hay with an average yield of 1.5 tons per acre.
Last year, other hay averaged 1.3 tons per acre on 550,000 acres. All hay production is forecast at 2.37 million tons, up 12 percent from 2006 and up 2 percent from 2005.
Alfalfa hay, with a forecasted production of 5.88 million tons, yielded 2.8 tons per acre from 2.1 million acres harvested. This is 104 percent above last year’s production.
Other hay, with a forecasted production of 2.25 million tons, has a yield of 1.5 tons per acre from 1.5 million acres harvested.
Production of dry hay for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures in the U.S. is forecast at 72.3 million tons, up three percent from the August forecast and up one percent from last year. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 3.37 tons per acre, up 0.11 ton from August and up 0.02 ton from 2006. Harvested area is forecast at 21.5 million acres, unchanged from August but slightly above the previous year’s acreage.
Other hay production is forecast at 75.6 million tons, up slightly from the August forecast and up eight percent from 2006. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 1.87 tons, the same as the August forecast but up 0.09 ton from last year. Harvested area, at 40.3 million acres, is unchanged from August but up two percent from the previous year.