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.
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.
With it comes potential suppression of the hot summer weather, but could also include intense rain, hail, strong winds, and lightening. This season typically starts the first week of July, although it has been as late as the middle of July in past years. We will see a wide range of weather patterns across and within regions as the monsoons begin, contributing to the expectation of varied qualities.
Oregon, New Mexico and Utah are beginning to wrap up 1st cutting harvest of Alfalfa. Weather continues to pose a challenge, limiting green hay. In Washington, growers are concluding 2nd cutting, with about half of the harvest baled thus far.
Anderson Hay personnel are continuing to secure Timothy hay inventory in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State. Due to uninterrupted record heat in the last several weeks, we are seeing a wide variation in grades. Tonnage in the upper end hay grades continues to be limited.
The Fescue straw harvest is moving along in the Willamette Valley. As with hay, high temperatures have had adverse effects on this year’s crop. Straw yields are down across the valley. We will keep you updated as harvest continues.
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