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Harvest Update - Alfalfa Timothy Straw 22 June 2016

Posted on Jun 23, 2016

Growers in New Mexico have completed 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest and are tending their fields for 2nd cutting, which is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Weather in the coming week looks promising, with a chance of showers.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Harvest Update, News, Export Hay

Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw 8 June 2016

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Growers in New Mexico are expecting to finish baling 1st cutting Alfalfa at the end of the week. Weather has been favorable for this cutting, and quality is good. In Utah, Alfalfa is looking good with bright green color and good leaf retention. There is a chance of showers over the weekend, so growers are working hard to finish cutting and baling over the next couple of days while the chance of precipitation is minimal. So far, about 80% of fields have been cut, and 45% has been baled.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw 1 June 2016

Posted on Jun 2, 2016

In the Pacific Northwest, 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest is finishing up and the last 15 percent of baling will be completed towards the end of the week. Some areas in the South Columbia Basin of Washington State are expected to begin 2nd cutting in the next 3-4 days. The 8-day weather forecast is favorable, with warm temperatures and low chance of precipitation.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Harvest Update, News

Forage Nutrition 101: Phosphorus

Posted on May 26, 2016

In the agriculture industry, the quality of forages is measured by the levels of energy, fiber, and other essential nutrients they provide. Growing environment, soil conditions, and harvesting technique all impact forage quality. The physical attributes of forages (smell, color, leafiness) are not as specific indicators of quality as chemical analysis.

One factor to consider when looking at you forage options is the concentration of phosphorus (P) as different levels affect digestion and animal productivity.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy

Forage Nutrition 101: Nitrates

Posted on May 19, 2016

Quality forages are vital to the livestock industry, as only the top quality options provide crude protein, acid detergen/neutral detergent fiber, minerals, and other nutrients essential to animal health. Forage quality depends on a variety of conditions, such as the harvesting process, soil, fertilization, maturity – factors that impact both the physical characteristics and chemical makeup of the final product. Premium forages aren’t developed overnight; they are the result of extensive expertise and years of experience.

When assessing forage options, one measurement commonly used to measure quality is the percentage

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Horse Nutrition, Export Hay

Forage Nutrition 101: Acid Detergent Fiber & Neutral Detergent Fiber

Posted on May 12, 2016

Success in the agriculture industry starts with the quality of your forages. They need to deliver optimal levels of protein, minerals, fiber, and other essentials to establish the most accurate measurement of feed quality: animal productivity. Many factors weigh into whether forages are good, better or best – such as climate, soil conditions, and the harvesting process. Consider all of these aspects when choosing a supplier to ensure that you receive the highest quality forage possible.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy, Horse Nutrition

The North American Monsoon

Posted on May 9, 2016

Growers in the southwest United States have become accustomed to the monsoon season, but what exactly is it and what does it mean for forage

What is monsoon season?

The North American monsoon season is a large weather pattern similar to the monsoon season in Asia, although not as strong. It officially occurs from June 15 – September 30 with most storms occurring in July and August. This particular monsoon system effects northwest Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Utah and Colorado. It brings unpredictable weather patterns, strong winds, and precipitation. It is important to note

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Topics: Quality of Forage, Weather

Forage Nutrition 101: Crude Protein

Posted on May 5, 2016

High-quality forages are essential for livestock, as premium products provide the optimal amounts of energy, protein, minerals, fiber and other essential nutrients. Forage quality relies upon many factors, including climate, soil fertility and harvesting technique.

Production of premium forages is extremely complex. One of the top and most widely recognized measures of forage quality is the amount of crude protein (CP) it contains. CP has a large impact on animal digestive health and productivity. This post provides some general information on CP, why it’s important and what percentages are ideal in different types of forages.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Horse Nutrition

2015 Western United States Hay Acreage Infographic

Posted on Feb 4, 2016

Accounting for about 20% of the national hay area harvested in the United States, the Western US has a climate suited perfectly for the growth of high-quality, nutritious forage. Every day, bales from these states feed animals across the country and around the world. Hay is shipped from ports along the West Coast, making its way to dairies, farms, race horses, and camels across the world.

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Topics: Hay for Horses, Quality of Forage, Race Horse Hay, Export Hay

Nationwide Port Productivity Concerns

Posted on Nov 25, 2015

Just about everyone in transportation and import/export is looking for an increase in efficiency, and the ports are usually where we look. There are many opportunities for improvement within the supply chain. As a US Top 40 Exporter, Anderson Hay has about 55 loads a day currently going to port, solely from our headquarters in Ellensburg, WA, one of our three plants. Along with thousands of others in the supply-chain, our everyday operations are directly   dependent on how smoothly things go at marine terminals.

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Topics: Leading US Exporter, News

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