Non-alfalfa hay acreage up sharply

California growers are harvesting alfalfa from 950,000 acres this season, down 10 percent from last year’s 1.05 million acres, according to USDA/NASS.

The estimate for all other hay to be harvested is 620,000, up 17 percent from last year’s total. U.S. acreage harvested for alfalfa hay is estimated at 21.5 million, up fractionally from 2006. All other hay harvested acreage is expected to total 40.3 million acres, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

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