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Ohio Hay Stocks Down 33 Percent from 2017
Ohio Ag Connection - 05/11/2018

Wheat was off to a slow start this year, but growers expect strong yields, said Cheryl Turner, Ohio state statistician for the USDA'S National Agricultural Statistics Service. Ohio wheat growers expect to harvest 470,000 acres, up 35,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the state is expected to be 36.2 million bushels. The yield forecast of 77 bushels would be 3 bushels above the previous year.

National winter wheat production is forecast at 1.19 billion bushels, down 6.5 percent from 2017. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.1 bushels per acre, down 2.1 bushels from last year.

Hay stocks on Ohio farms on May 1, 2017 were 280,000 tons, down 33% from this time last year.

All hay stored on United States farms May 1, 2018 totaled 15.7 million tons, down 36 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2017 - May 1, 2018 totaled 70.6 million tons, compared with 71.4 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

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