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Timothy and Alfalfa Hay Blog

    Harvest Update - July 20, 2018

    Posted on Jul 21, 2018

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    Growers in Washington State have been taking advantage of good weather to finish up 2nd cutting. A few growers have yet to cut, but everyone is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week in all areas of Washington. Some areas in the south Columbia Basin are expected to begin 3rd cutting in as little as three weeks. Second cutting is moving along in Oregon, and conditions have been favorable so far to produce good color.

    Monsoon season is bringing intermittent rain to many areas of the Pacific Southwest, and growers in New Mexico are working around weather to finish up second cutting. They are expecting to finish around the middle of next week and quality will be assessed. In Arizona, 5th cutting has resumed after some delays due to monsoons over the last week. Nearly all of what has been cut so far is baled.

    Most early Alfalfa supplies have been committed, and non-first grades are becoming more available from each growing region as harvest continues. Our buyers and farming operations are working together to purchase and produce supply to meet the needs of our customers.


    Growers are in between cuttings in Washington State. Second cutting is expected to begin next week in the Columbia Basin and in about four weeks in the Kittitas Valley.  With little to no carry over in inventory in supply this summer, momentum for Timothy has remained strong. Please communicate quality needs with your sales representative.


    Warm temperatures and clear weather have provided good windows for cutting in the Willamette Valley. Fescue cutting is complete, with nearly half baled. Nearly all Perennial Rye was cut this week, and baling will begin in 2-3 weeks.

    Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Harvest Update, Export Hay