Hay stocks down 5 percent

Heavy December-through-April feeding has resulted in 5 percent less hay stored on farms than at this time last year despite unusually high supplies going into the winter feeding period.

In its May 11 Crop Production [2] report, USDA estimates May 1 hay stocks at 20.9 million tons, down from 22.l million tons on May 1, 2009. Disappearance from Dec. 1 to May 1 totaled 86.3 million tons compared with 81.6 million tons during the same period a year ago. Dec. 1, 2009, stocks were put at 107 million tons, 3% above the year-earlier figure and the highest in five years.

Among the major hay-growing states, this year’s May 1 hay stocks are significantly higher com-pared with 2009 numbers in Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wyoming. Notable declines are reported for California, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.