The Crop Production 2022 Summary from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service marks all hay production for the state at 2.99 million tons, down 15 percent from the 3.52 million tons produced in 2021.
Producers averaged 2.72 tons per acre, down 0.14 tons per acre from 2021. All hay harvested acres were estimated at 1.10 million acres, down 130,000 acres from 2021.
Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures for hay production was estimated at 2.48 million tons, down 15 percent from 2021. Producers averaged 3.10 tons per acre, down 0.10 tons per acre from 2021. Harvested acres were down 110,000 from last year, to 800,000 acres. Wisconsin producers seeded 260,000 acres of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures in 2022, down 13 percent from 2021.
Other hay production was estimated at 510,000 tons, down 16 percent from 2021. Producers averaged 1.70 tons per acre, down 0.20 tons from the 2021 yield. Harvested acres of other hay, at 300,000, were down 20,000 acres from 2021.
All hay stored on Wisconsin farms as of Dec. 1 was estimated at 2.17 million tons, up 3 percent from 2021, according to the latest Crop Production report from USDA NASS. Disappearance from May 1 through Dec. 1, 2022, totaled 1.46 million tons, compared with 1.99 million tons for the same period in 2021.