The weather has turned for the better and things are beginning to dry out in New Mexico and Utah for the Alfalfa harvest.
This has allowed the 1st cutting harvest to resume. Due to weather delaying the start of harvest this year, tonnage of Alfalfa in New Mexico and Utah are expected to be up while quality remains to be determined. The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is starting on their 5th cutting this week, with a small amount cut and baled to this point and more to be expected by next week. The 10-day weather forecast predicts warm, sunny temperatures across the board.
The Pacific Northwest (PNW) has been experiencing good weather over the last few weeks, providing growers with a favorable Alfalfa harvest window. The 1st cutting Alfalfa harest is going strong in Oregon with over half the fields cut and baled. Growers in Washington State have begun their 2nd cutting harvest. About a third of Washington has been cut to this point. Due to the nice weather, quality and color are both good.
As 1st cutting harvest wraps up, Anderson personnel continue to secure Timothy in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington for the 2015 crop year. The weather has been optimal for the harvest effort. However, the dry and hot weather continues to pose challenges, such as increased brown leaf and bleaching.
The Fescue Straw harvest is running approximately 10 days early in the Willamette Valley this year compared to previous years. It has been extremely sporadic with harvest activity kicking off in areas of both the northern and southern regions of the valley at about the same time.
Anderson News will continue its weekly publication schedule, and we will keep you informed as harvest progresses. To have this blog from Anderson Hay delivered directly to your email, subscribe above on the right.