In 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.
The stress of a quick maturity could increase fiber levels, so we are waiting to see test results. Oregon’s 2nd cutting Alfalfa has been widely effected by unstable weather and storm conditions. Oregon’s forecast looks clear over the next week, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in the next couple of days.
Growers in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State are expected to begin 2nd cutting Timothy harvest within the next week.
Fescue and Rye harvests are almost complete in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Despite yields being down, the quality appears to be very consistent throughout the season.
In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), New Mexico and Utah have certainly encountered difficulties with the weather in the last week. Many growers who began 2nd cutting Alfalfa early were caught by rain storms, while those who waited out the storms are putting up hay that appears nice but crop maturity is expected to lower test results. The southern states (Arizona, Nevada) are still struggling to finish 5th cutting and some growers have just begun 6th cutting. Monsoon season in Eastern Arizona continues to delay harvest. Western Arizona weather has fared a bit better over the past week; the 8-day forecast for the entire PSW is dry and promising.
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