With mid-July weather staying a bit more consistent, we are seeing some good progress in harvest. It has been a challenging year with weather. So far this year, our network of growers, harvesting companies, and purchasing teams have worked hard to bring in a good inventory from 1st cutting Timothy, 1st and 2nd Alfalfa and Straw harvests.
In Washington State the 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest has completely wrapped. About three quarters of the 2nd cutting fields have now been cut and half of the cut hay has been baled. The weather has been cooperative in the Columbia Basin allowing growers to put up hay with a good green color.
The Oregon Alfalfa harvest is also going strong. The last growers are finishing the 1st cutting harvest. A few of the growers have begun second cutting this week. If the weather remains warm and dry over the next 10-14 days, 2nd cutting harvest in the Christmas Valley should wrap up in two weeks.
The Straw harvest has also begun in Oregon. The weather looks favorable and we are working hard to get the fields cut. The quality looks like it will be better than last year’s crop.
The Timothy harvest is finishing up this week as well. The Columbia Basin has baled the final fields and the Kittitas Valley will complete its harvest within the next few days. We are now working to finalize our inventories and grading for 1st cutting Timothy hay. Though we have had a challenging year with the weather, we are pleased with the inventory our team has put together.
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