USDA predicts in its March Prospective Plantings report that U.S. hay growers will harvest only 10,000 more acres in 2014 than they harvested in 2013. That's a total of 58.267 million acres, up from the 2013 total of 58.257 million and from the 56.3 million acres harvested in 2012. But that's still nearly 2 million acres shy of the average 60 million acres harvested in the previous decade (see "Hay Acreage To Stay Mostly Flat.").
Some market watchers believe growers are, rather than putting in hay, planting corn ground to soybeans instead. What about you? Do you plan to produce more hay this year?