Alfalfa and straw harvests see effects of cool spring and wet weather
With 1st cutting Alfalfa finished across the Western United States, and 2nd cutting coming to a close, we are seeing the effect the cooler spring and wet harvest windows have had on the crop. In Washington, about half of the 2nd cutting Alfalfa has received rain. Since weather forecasts have called for intermittent rain, growers delayed cutting. The fields that are still standing are becoming mature. Alfalfa in Idaho has also seen some weather challenges. Thunder storms moved through harvest area across Idaho last week and humidity has also been high. This has led to bleaching of the hay. We are currently gathering results from early testing and volumes. So far we know that Premium NF 2nd cutting Alfalfa from the Columbia Basin will be in limited supply. We will keep you updated on the status of 2nd cutting as we finalize results.
The grass straw harvest in Oregon is currently underway. The forecasts are favorable for this week and we should see some good harvesting weather. Early indications throughout the area are that yields are down in the Willamette Valley. The cooler spring weather we had earlier this year may have had an effect on the tonnages that will be available. With less the half of the fields baled, we have some work to do in getting final numbers in. We will report tonnages once the process is complete.
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