Winter wheat production strong in NY, hay scarcer

Feds: Winter wheat production strong in NY, but hay stocks low after drought last year

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal officials say New York's winter wheat production has been high this year, but hay stocked on farms is at record low levels.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says wheat production is up 38 percent from the 2012 crop at 7.37 million bushels.

That was because of more acreage in production and high yields.

Hay stocks on May 1 stood at 150,000 tons, down from 327,000 tons a year ago.

Record-low hay stocks were also reported in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

The agency said Tuesday that last year's drought cut into hay production and some farmers had to feed their animals earlier than usual, further cutting into the supply of hay on hand.

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