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Harvest Update - Timothy and Alfalfa 2 September 2015

Posted on Sep 3, 2015

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Monsoon season is nearing its end, and growers are looking forward to more stable weather in the Pacific Southwest (PSW) this week.

In New Mexico, many farmers dealt with intermittent storms last week and are still feeling the effects of the precipitation. Due to the weather, 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest is progressing slower than anticipated. Weather is expected to improve in coming days and clear skies are expected by the middle of the week.

The weather in Utah has been comparably mild, giving growers a good window to make progress on their 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. As of Tuesday morning, 85% has been cut and 60% has been baled.  Quality is improving as the weather in the PSW begins to cooperate.

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Harvest Update - Timothy and Alfalfa 26 August 2015

Posted on Aug 28, 2015

Weather across the Pacific Southwest (PSW) continues to challenge growers. Storms, high moisture, and unpredictable weather continue to pose a challenge to farmers in Arizona and Nevada. Farmers are about 75% through the 6th cutting Alfalfa and the weather is forecasted to be clear for the next 8 days.Red_Rock_Timothy_Harvest_2nd_Cutting_Anderson_Hay

Growers in New Mexico and Utah were able to put up some good quality 3rd cutting Alfalfa during this past week due to a favorable weather window. Monsoon conditions are continuing to move into the area, with weather similar to what we previsouly reported for Arizona and Nevada, causing concern for maintaining quality as growers finish up 3rd cutting. This is typical for monsoon season, which is expected to continue through the end of September.

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Oregon harvest conditions have been favorable for producing good quality hay during 3rd cutting harvest. Growers were able to get approximately 30% of the crop baled over the last week. They are looking forward to a 4th cutting this year.

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Harvest Update - Timothy and Alfalfa 19 August 2015

Posted on Aug 21, 2015

In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), the rainy weather has finally cleared in New Mexico and Utah. The forecast for the upcoming week is favorable with dry weather conditions expected. Growers are continuing their 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. So, far they have cut about half of the fields and have a small amount baled. Temperatures are expected to be in excess of 100°F for the next week.timothy_hay_2nd_cutting_red_rock

Growers in Arizona and Nevada are half way through with 6th cutting harvest. The area experienced scorching hot weather all through last week and sporadic, untimely rains. The adverse weather created challenges for growers during the 6th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Temperatures are expected to remain high throughout the next week, and we are eager to see how this affects quality.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 12 August 2015

Posted on Aug 13, 2015

Growers across the Pacific Southwest (PSW) continue to work around monsoon season, which typically peaks in the middle of August. Growers are about 50% through the 6th cutting of Alfalfa, and a small amount has been baled. In Arizona, New Mexico, Bermuda_Grass_Hay_CRITand Utah short windows of dry weather helped harvest. Growers in New Mexico and Utah were able to start 3rd cutting this week.  Due to unpredictable rain storms and the delayed harvest, quality is challenged. The 8-day forecast for Utah and Nevada show some possibility of thunderstorms. The rest of the PSW should have mostly clear weather, providing more a favorable cutting window. Storms are expected to clear completely by the end of September.

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Klamath Falls and Christmas Valley received lots of rain throughout their 2nd cutting harvest limiting export quality Alfalfa from this cutting. Growers are planning to begin 3rd cutting within the next few weeks.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 29 July 2015

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

Red_Rock_windrows_alfalfa_harvestIn the Pacific Northwest (PNW), 3rd cutting Alfalfa in Washington State is approximately 75% complete and we are seeing mostly good color and quality.  The early summer and periods of high temperatures have been a concern throughout the season. The hot weather we have experienced can effect feed analysis by causing plants to mature quicker than they would during a cooler growing season. 

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, and Straw 22 July 2015

Posted on Jul 23, 2015

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In the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Utah and New Mexico have been experiencing a mixed bag of hot and windy weather followed by storms and showers for the last couple of weeks. This has created a variety of qualities of Alfalfa available throughout the region. The forecast for the next 8 days indicates less precipitation and mostly sunny skies. Growers are starting 2nd cutting and have baled a small amount. They are hoping to take advantage of the break in weather with a good window to finish up 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest.

Growers in Arizona, Nevada, and California are still working to complete 5th cutting baling and begin 6th cutting harvest. Large storm systems traveled through southern California and Arizona this week continuing to challenge harvest timing and quality.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, and Straw 15 July 2015

Posted on Jul 16, 2015

Parts of the Pacific Southwest (PSW) experienced rainfall in the last week, slowing down 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Utah and New Mexico. Growers remain in a holding pattern as they direct their harvest activities around monsoon season. Of the 1st cutting harvest, about 50% is baled, and some growers have started baling 2nd cutting in Utah.

Arizona and Nevada growers are also finishing up baling their 5th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Weather permitting, they are expected to begin 6th cutting in the next week.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, and Straw 8 July 2015

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

The Pacific Southwest (PSW) has experienced rain fall in the last week as scattered storms move through most of the area. A large number of growers have completed their 5th cutting of Alfalfa, with many areas receiving rain before the hay was baled and off the field. About half of the 5th cutting in the PSW is baled at this point.131

 The 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest has begun in Utah and New Mexico. Similar to other areas of the PSW, monsoon season has had an effect on the cutting. Most growers have halted their harvest, and will resume when the weather clears. The 10-day forecast shows mostly sunny skies with lower temperatures than we have seen in the last several weeks.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 1 July 2015

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

Across the Western United States, growers are hard at work cutting and baling their fields. In addition to wide-spread drought conditions, growers have also struggled to find good cutting windows. The weather has brought both record heat and untimely precipitation.

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The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is about midway through 5th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Due to high temperatures during both growing and harvest, we expect quality to vary. The 10-day weather forecast looks fairly stable for Arizona and New Mexico. Monsoon season is approaching in the PSW. 

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, and Fescue 24 June 2015

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

The weather has turned for the better and things are beginning to dry out in New Mexico and Utah for the Alfalfa harvest. 

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This has allowed the 1st cutting harvest to resume. Due to weather delaying the start of harvest this year, tonnage of Alfalfa in New Mexico and Utah are expected to be up while quality remains to be determined. The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is starting on their 5th cutting this week, with a small amount cut and baled to this point and more to be expected by next week. The 10-day weather forecast predicts warm, sunny temperatures across the board.

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