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Iowa Hay Stocks Up 11 Percent from 2019
Iowa Ag Connection - 01/15/2021

All hay stored on Iowa farms as of December 1, 2020, is estimated at 2.43 million tons, an increase of 11% from December 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service -- Crop Production report. Disappearance from May 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020, totaled 1.78 million tons, compared with 1.28 million tons for the same period in 2019.

All hay stored on United States farms as of December 1, 2020, totaled 84.0 million tons, down 1% from December 1, 2019, which is the third lowest December 1 stocks since 1977. Disappearance from May 1, 2020 - December 1, 2020 totaled 63.2 million tons, up 7% from the same period in 2019.

Record low December 1 hay stock levels were estimated in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. During Autumn, dryness encroached upon New England resulting in a shorter grazing season. As a result, livestock producers began to feed hay stocks a bit earlier than expected.

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