After several years on a downhill slope, harvested hay acres bottomed out in 2011. While the past couple of years have recorded a steady increase, this year, the harvest total for hay, alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to be down about 611,000 acres, 1%, from 2013. A 3% decrease in all other hay acres is expected while harvested area for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to increase 2% in the U.S., primarily in the upper Midwest and Northern Plains.
Record high all-hay acreage is expected in Florida and Oklahoma. Record lows are expected in Maryland, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Vermont.