Growers throughout the Pacific North West have been anxiously awaiting warm, dry weather. The start of the 2011 harvest continues to be delayed but growers remain hopeful.
Over the last few weeks, some alfalfa fields have been cut but the big push for harvest is still slow. Rain has fallen on some of the cut Alfalfa fields, but many growers delayed their cuttings as the chance of rain increased. Growers worked over the weekend to get fields swath and some hope expect to get their 1st cutting Alfalfa in the bale by the middle of the week. Though many growers haven't been able to get their harvest underway, they remain optomistic about the quality of the Alfalfa they are seeing in the fields. The cooler temperatures have kept the Alfalfa crop from overmaturing while we wait for the right time to cut. The fields are very green and all indications are that the quality of the hay will be good.
The Timothy Hay harvest is also experiencing delays due to the inclimate weather. Several growers in the Columbia River Basin started harvesting this weekend. The Kittitas Valley growers, however, are at least 7-12 days away from kicking off their harvest. Despite the delays, growers expect a good crop of Timothy this year. As the weather conditions have been similar to last year, we anticipate a comprable crop.