Third cutting is wrapping up in Washington State, with 95% of fields cut and about 85% baled. Challenging curing conditions due to high level haze caused by wild fires persist across the Pacific Northwest, resulting in lower quality grades due to extended time in the windrows and loss of color. We expect more lower grades to come from this cutting in Washington State, however quality will be assessed once all hay has been baled. Growers in Oregon are continuing with 3rd cutting and have about 40% cut so far.
In New Mexico, 3rd cutting is producing good color and test results. All hay has been cut, and about 50% is left to put into bales. In Arizona, early 7th cutting continues and some growers are still baling 6th cutting, which is expected to be completed by the end of the week. We are seeing mostly HCE come from this region, which is typical for this time of year.
Similar to Alfalfa, challenging curing conditions have slowed 2nd cutting Timothy harvest in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State. Growers are waiting out conditions, risking over maturity, however conditions are expected to improve over the next couple of days. Some growers are considering a third cutting, and water may be turned back on in the coming weeks following baling.
Straw harvest has wrapped up in Oregon, and we have not seen any quality issues this year.