Iowa Corn Silage Production Down; Hay Up

The USDA NASS Upper Midwest Regional Office January crop production report shows Iowa corn for silage production is estimated at 6.93 million tons, down 12 percent from 2016. The silage yield estimate of 21.0 tons per acre is down 3.0 tons per acre from 2016. Producers harvested 330,000 acres of corn for silage unchanged from 2016.

All hay production for the state is estimated at 3.35 million tons, up 4 percent from the 3.21 million tons produced in 2016. Producers averaged 3.10 tons per acre, down from 3.53 tons in 2016. All hay harvested acres are estimated at 1.08 million acres, up 170,000 acres from 2016.

Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures production is estimated at 2.52 million tons, up 9 percent from 2016. Producers averaged 3.50 tons per acre, down 0.70 tons from 2016. Harvested acres are up 170,000 from last year, to 720,000 acres. Iowa producers seeded 80,000 acres of new seedings of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures in 2017, equal to 2016.

Other hay production is estimated at 828,000 tons, down 8 percent from 2016. Producers averaged 2.30 tons per acre, 0.20 tons per acre below the 2016 yield. Harvested acres of other hay, at 360,000, are equal to 2016.

The complete report is located at: www.nass.usda.gov/ia

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