Oklahoma Ranks Among the Top States for Hay Production, Underscores Health of Cattle IndustryMon, 15 Jan 2018 15:12:35 CST
One thing very important to the vitality of the cattle industry, both for beef and dairy, is having the necessary supplies of hay to adequately feed and supplement the nutrition of livestock through the winter months. Oklahoma is typically among the top producing states when it comes to hay, though the numbers differ some, depending on what forages you include in your measurement. That fact is signified in the latest Crop Production report released by the United States Department of Agriculture.
According to it, the top five “All Hay” producing states include in ranked order: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Oklahoma. That includes alfalfa production in addition to all other hay crops, which is grown here in Oklahoma but in significantly less acres than found elsewhere. This report shows Oklahoma produced just under 6 million tons of alfalfa in 2017 and slightly less than that the previous year.
Compare that ranking again with alfalfa omitted in the calculation and Texas once again tops the list, followed by Missouri, then Oklahoma in third, leading Kentucky and finally Kansas. Both Oklahoma and Missouri produced just over 5 million tons of hay this year in 2017. Texas topped the charts at roughly 9.8 million tons and Kansas produced right at 4 million tons - the numbers in this report illustrating hays importance to our region.
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