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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

Harvest Update - Alfalfa 30 September 2015

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Growers in New Mexico are well underway with their 4th cutting Alfalfa harvest in some areas. About 25% has been cut and 10% baled so far. The 3rd cutting is still in progress as well, with just 5% of the harvest left to bale. Good weather has allowed for some very nice, green Alfalfa from this crop. Some precipitation is expected over the weekend.

Similar to New Mexico, some growersin Oregon are pushing to get the last of their 3rd cutting harvest baled while others are in the middle of 4th cutting harvest. Hay quality from this crop is also nice and green, and most of it is expected to be sold domestically. The weather has been mild and is should stay above the 70’s for the next week.

In Utah, clear weather has allowed for a good 4th cutting, but there is a push to finish up before the showers which are forecasted for the weekend and potentially into next week. Nearly all of the fields have been cut and over half have been baled.

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

Harvest Update - Alfalfa 24 September 2015

Posted on Sep 24, 2015

In both the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Pacific Southwest (PSW), irregular weather has pushed Alfalfa harvest out later than expected. With the elongated schedule comes a wide range in quality across the board.

New Mexico has completed 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest, and has about 95% baled. In most areas, growers were able to stay ahead of the stormy weather during the curing process and quality is better than originally predicted. Some areas have started a 4th cutting harvest this week.

The 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Utah has a wider range of quality due to some intense storms in the last two weeks. Growers able to avoid the poor weather put up great quality from this cutting. Weather is expected to be clear for the next 8 days, and good quality is expected from 4th cutting. So far, about 50% of 4th cutting harvest is complete, and 40% is baled.

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

Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 16 September 2015

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), monsoon season continues to challenge growers as they complete 6th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Export quality continues to be somewhat limited as a result. Cutting is finished, and about 85% of the baling is done so far with the rest expected to be done by the end of the week.

A large storm rolled through Utah this week, bringing cool weather, unexpected rain, and flash flooding in some areas of the state. This slowed 4th cutting Alfalfa harvest, and growers only were able to make minimal progress.

New Mexico also experienced some spotty, unpredictable weather this week, producing a wide variance in quality across the 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. Over the last few days, growers were able to make good progress given the favorable weather window. About 75% of the Alfalfa is cut, and about 55% is baled up to this point. Fourth cutting is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), growers in Oregon are continuing tofind good weather windows to wrap up 3rd cutting Alfalfa Harvest. Cutting is about 95% complete, with nearly all of that baled. Quality continues to be good. Some rain is expected in the next couple of days, with clear skies to follow.

Washington 4th cutting Alfalfa harvest is about 70% complete. Progress has been slowed in the last week due to low temperatures, however the quality

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

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