Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Tue Jan 22, 2013 09:31 PM CST

The following summary of hay and forage supplies by Dr. Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University lay out in stark detail how badly the past two years of drought have curtailed hay production. It is staggering.--Bryce


Two years of drought have taken a huge toll on U.S. hay production. In the recently released USDA Annual Crop Production Summary, total U.S. hay production in 2012 was 120 million tons, down nearly 18 percent from the 2006-2010 average. This is the lowest U.S. hay production total in data going back to 1974. This follows the 2011 hay production total of ...

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