All-hay acres will increase only slightly in 2014, according to a report released Monday by USDA. Compared to acres harvested in 2012, however, this year's total will show an increase of 2 million acres.
USDA estimates that U.S. producers will harvest nearly 58.3 million acres of all hay in 2014. That would be an increase of 10,000 acres from last year’s total and a 2-million-acre increase over that harvested in 2012.
According to the Prospective Plantings report released yesterday, March 31, hay acreage increases are expected in some Southwestern states. A 17% increase is forecast for New Mexico, to 270,000 harvested acres, while acres could jump by 12% in Arizona for a total of 320,000 acres.
Record-high acreage is expected in Florida, at 320,000 acres; Oklahoma, at 3.3 million acres; and Texas, at 5.7 million acres.
Hay acreage will likely decrease across the northern and central Great Plains and the Great Lakes region.
Record-low hay acreages in Iowa and New Hampshire, expected to total 1.05 million and 45,000, respectively, may each be down by 10% compared to last year’s totals. Michigan and Nebraska, predicted to harvest 920,000 and 2.45 million acres, respectively, each could be down by 2% in acreage compared to 2013 totals.
Kansas, estimated to harvest 2.65 million acres, could see a 4% drop in acreage compared to that of a year ago. South Dakota, which may harvest 3 million acres, and Illinois, likely at 630,000 harvested acres, could experience decreases of 2% and 5%, respectively. Nevada could see acres drop by 13% this year for a total of 300,000 harvested acres.
Corn acres for 2014 are estimated at 91.7 million acres, down 4% from the year-earlier total. If realized, this would represent the lowest planted acreage in the U.S. since 2010, but the fifth-largest corn planted acreage since 1944. USDA expects soybean acreage to total a record-high 81.5 million acres, up 6% from 2013’s total.