Growers in New Mexico have completed 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest and are tending their fields for 2nd cutting, which is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Weather in the coming week looks promising, with a chance of showers.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), heavy rains over the weekend limited 2nd cutting export Alfalfa from the Columbia Basin of Washington State. Cutting is about 65% completed, with 20% baled. The Klamath Falls area in Oregon received rain as well. Export grade is limited as of now. Growers in Christmas Valley, Oregon are working around the weather to finish up 1st cutting, which is approximately 80% complete. Some showers are expected today in areas of the PNW, after which the weather will give way to sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the next eight days.
Temperatures have been high in Utah and the Pacific Southwest (PSW). Growers in Utah are expecting to begin 2nd cutting early next week. In the PSW, hay from 4th cutting is bright green and drier due to the high temperatures and will fit into a High Color Economy grade. Approximately 55% of this cutting has been baled so far.
Some Timothy growers in the PNW have been able to work around weather challenges. We have a good mix of grades across the board and are working very hard to be sure we have quality to meet customer expectations. Currently, 70% of 1st cutting has been cut in the Kittitas Valley, and 90% in the Columbia Basin of Washington State.
Early Straw harvest is getting started in some southern areas of Oregon for Fescue and Annual Rye. Harvest has been delayed due to temperatures and weather. Fescue Harvest in the Willamette Valley of Oregon is 5% complete, with none baled so far.
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.