National hay production, acreage and yield estimates will be published in USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2013 Crop Production Annual Summary rather than as part of next month’s Crop Production report. The summary is scheduled for mid-January 2014, according to a press release issued late last week.

The hay-production report, originally to be published on Oct. 11, was cancelled due to the 16-day federal government shutdown.

When the shutdown ended earlier this month, NASS officials considered including hay information in the Nov. 8 Crop Production report (see USDA Hay Report Delayed Until November). That information would have come from farmer surveys gathered over a two-day period just before the shutdown began on Oct. 1.

“We were hopeful, but once we were able to start summarizing and analyzing the data, it was very apparent there was not enough there for a complete report,” says Lance Honig, NASS Crops Branch chief.

The data for the January report will be collected using farmer surveys conducted in early December. “It will be a much, much larger sample than we would have had for October,” says Honig. “The (January) report will give a much more complete picture.”

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