Alfalfa hay production in California is forecast at 7.1 million tons, up 3 percent from last year’s crop. Other hay production is forecast at 1.78 million tons, 12 percent below the 2005 crop.

The U.S. alfalfa hay production is forecast at 71.2 million tons, down 6 percent from last year. Yields are expected to average 3.18 tons per acre, a decrease of 0.20 tons from last year. Harvested area is 22.4 million acres, up fractionally from 2005.

Other hay production is forecast at 71.1 million tons, down 5 percent from 2005. Based on Aug. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 1.77 tons per acre, down 0.14 tons from last year. Harvested area is 40.3 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but up 3 percent from the previous year.

SUGAR BEET

California sugar beet production is forecast to be 1.54 million tons, down 10 percent from 2005, according to USDA/NASS.

Harvested acreage is estimated at 43,000 thousand acres, 2 percent below last year. The yield is forecast at 35.9 tons per acre, 8 percent below last year. Production for the U.S. is forecast at 31.8 million tons, 16 percent above last year’s production. Growers in the 11 sugar beet-producing states expect to harvest 1.34 million acres, up 8 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 23.7 tons per acre, 1.5 tons above 2005.