In the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Utah and New Mexico have been experiencing a mixed bag of hot and windy weather followed by storms and showers for the last couple of weeks. This has created a variety of qualities of Alfalfa available throughout the region. The forecast for the next 8 days indicates less precipitation and mostly sunny skies. Growers are starting 2nd cutting and have baled a small amount. They are hoping to take advantage of the break in weather with a good window to finish up 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest.
Growers in Arizona, Nevada, and California are still working to complete 5th cutting baling and begin 6th cutting harvest. Large storm systems traveled through southern California and Arizona this week continuing to challenge harvest timing and quality.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), Oregon began 2nd cutting of Alfalfa harvest this week. Weather in the Columbia Basin has been fairly stable over the past week and is expected to remain favorable. The 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Washington is showing good color and quality so far.
Anderson Hay personnel are continuing to secure inventory of 1st cutting Timothy hay. Growers in the Columbia Basin and Kittitas Valley of Washington State will begin 2nd cutting Timothy harvest in the next 2-3 weeks.
Fescue and Rye harvest are wrapping up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, with growers expecting completion in the next 7-10 days. All of the fields have been cut. Most of the Fescue harvest has been baled, and Rye harvest is about half-way done. As expected, straw tonnage is down. Quality has been consistent through the Valley.
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.