The Pacific Southwest (PSW) has experienced rain fall in the last week as scattered storms move through most of the area. A large number of growers have completed their 5th cutting of Alfalfa, with many areas receiving rain before the hay was baled and off the field. About half of the 5th cutting in the PSW is baled at this point.
The 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest has begun in Utah and New Mexico. Similar to other areas of the PSW, monsoon season has had an effect on the cutting. Most growers have halted their harvest, and will resume when the weather clears. The 10-day forecast shows mostly sunny skies with lower temperatures than we have seen in the last several weeks.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), the Alfalfa harvested so far this season is green with good quality. Washington State has completed its 2nd cutting and has nearly all baled. Oregon has about two-thirds of its Alfalfa crop cut with half of the harvest baled.
Anderson Hay personnel is continuing to secure Timothy hay inventory. To follow up with the harvest forecast in June, we are seeing a shortage of Premium Dairy and higher grades as expected. The lower Dairy grades are more plentiful as the extreme temperatures in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State have resulted in heavier brown-leaf. We are also expecting a limited 2nd cutting Timothy harvest due to water shortages both in the Valley and the Basin. As a result of lower prices, many farmers have plowed out their fields after completing their 1st cutting harvest.
Fescue straw harvest is wrapping up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. About 85% of the Fescue has been cut, and half has been baled. Some farmers have begun their Rye harvest as well. Straw yields are down as expected, once again due to the extreme heat.
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