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.