New York wheat production up, hay stocks at record low

ALBANY – Winter wheat production in New York is forecast at 7.37 million bushels, up 38 percent from the 2012 crop, according to Blair Smith, state statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Stat-istics Service, New York Field Office. An increase in acreage harvested and a record equaling yield resulted in the higher production. Acreage is estimated at 110,000, up 25,000 from last year and yields are expected to average 67 bushels per acre.

New York hay stocks on farms May 1 totaled only 150,000 tons, a record low level. Last year there were 327,000 tons stored on farms.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.49 billion bushels, down 10 percent from 2012. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 32.7 million acres, down 6 percent from last year.

As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 45.4 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from the previous year.

All hay stored on United States farms May 1 totaled 14.2 million tons, down 34 percent from a year ago. This is the lowest May 1 stocks level on record. Disappearance from Dec. 1 to May 1 totaled 62.4 million tons, compared with 69.3 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

Record-low May 1 hay stocks levels were also established in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Minne-sota, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

With the exception of California, Colorado, Geor-gia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, hay stocks as a percent of production decreased from last year nationwide. Last year’s historic drought led to a substantial decrease in hay production, and therefore beginning stocks for many States.

In many areas, the limited availability of native feedstuffs forced producers to feed their herds earlier than normal.

Additionally, a cold, wet spring has limited pasture growth causing prolonged dependence on supplemental roughage and feedstuffs in portions of the Midwest.