Table 8--Hay: Production, harvested acreage, yield, and stocks
Mkt year 1/
Production,
alfalfa hay 2/
(1,000 tons)
Production,
other hay 2/
(1,000 tons)
Harvested acreage,
all hay 2/
(1,000 acres)
Yield,
all hay 2/
(tons per acre)
Stocks, May 1,
all hay 2/
(1,000 tons)
Stocks, Dec 1,
all hay 2/
(1,000 tons)
Supply per RCAU,
(tons) 3/
Disappearance per RCAU,
(tons) 3/
1997/98
78,535
74,001
61,084
2.50
17,424
103,044
2.27
1.98
1998/99
81,992
69,395
60,006
2.52
21,827
111,809
2.33
1.99
1999/00
84,405
75,177
63,181
2.53
24,662
109,115
2.52
2.12
2000/01
81,520
72,083
60,355
2.54
28,848
106,412
2.52
2.23
2001/02
80,354
76,062
63,516
2.46
21,248
110,384
2.46
2.15
2002/03
73,014
76,453
63,942
2.34
22,458
102,978
2.39
2.08
2003/04
76,098
81,292
63,371
2.48
22,013
111,011
2.55
2.18
2004/05
75,375
82,747
61,944
2.55
25,947
114,489
2.60
2.21
2005/06
75,610
74,851
61,637
2.44
27,758
105,181
2.49
2.19
2006/07
70,548
70,235
60,632
2.32
21,345
96,400
2.26
2.05
2007/08
69,880
77,021
61,006
2.41
14,990
104,089
2.27
1.96
2008/09
70,180
76,090
60,152
2.43
21,585
103,658
2.36
2.05
2009/10
71,072
76,628
59,775
2.47
22,065
107,222
2.41
2.11
2010/11
67,977
77,023
59,574
2.43
20,931
101,667
2.39
2.07
2011/12
64,815
65,065
55,204
2.35
22,217
89,723
2.24
1.92
2012/13
50,600
66,472
54,653
2.14
21,381
75,175
2.05
1.84
2013/14
57,581
78,365
58,257
2.33
14,156
89,304
2.26
1.97
2014/15
64,524
84,147
57,646
2.58
19,176
 
2.52
 
1/ May-April. Latest data may be preliminary or projected.
2/ Dry hay.
3/ RCAU = Roughage-consuming animal unit.
Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Crop Production; and ERS calculations.
Date run: 12/12/2014