Parts of the Pacific Southwest (PSW) experienced rainfall in the last week, slowing down 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Utah and New Mexico. Growers remain in a holding pattern as they direct their harvest activities around monsoon season. Of the 1st cutting harvest, about 50% is baled, and some growers have started baling 2nd cutting in Utah.
Arizona and Nevada growers are also finishing up baling their 5th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Weather permitting, they are expected to begin 6th cutting in the next week.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), Alfalfa 2nd cutting has wrapped up in Washington State. Overall, the hot and dry weather presented several challenges for harvest. Temperatures in the last week provided some relief from the weather. Some growers in Washington State were able to start an early 3rd cutting, and more are expected to start in the next week.
Growers in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State will begin their 2nd cutting Timothy harvest within the next couple of weeks. Total harvested acres will be down as some farmers lack irrigation. Others have plowed their fields and switched to alternate, higher value crops due to the low price of Timothy this season.
Growers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon are in the final stages of Straw harvest. Fescue harvest is nearly finished for the year with all of the straw cut and only a few fields left to bale. All of the Rye has been cut, and most growers have finished baling as well. As expected, the Straw tonnage is down this year due to the hot weather and we are seeing fairly consistent quality throughout the Valley.
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