Hay sellers and buyers will have to wait a few more weeks for USDA’s October Crop Production report. It will be a part of the November report, scheduled for release on Nov. 8.

The delay is the result of the just-ended federal government shutdown. The October report was to be released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on Oct. 11. But NASS employees responsible for producing the report were among the federal government workers furloughed starting Oct. 1 as part of the shutdown.

“We weren’t able to collect or process the data at the beginning of the month,” says Alex Minchenkov, a public affairs specialist with NASS.

In related news, NASS’s weekly Crop Progress report, also unavailable during the shutdown, was published yesterday. A weekly summary of pasture and range conditions in selected states is part of the report.

With the end of the shutdown, the weekly hay market news reports from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in nearly two dozen states will again be available starting this week.

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