First cutting is wrapping up in Washington State with all areas finished cutting and only about 25% left to put in bales. In the North Basin, some growers have had success with 1st cutting and produced good quality hay, while others encountered weather challenges and we’re seeing lower grades in the stacks. Second cutting in the South Basin will begin in the next two weeks.
In Oregon, growers have just started cutting and all fields in Klamath Falls are expecting to begin cutting by the weekend. Many areas in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California have precipitation forecasted over the weekend. Growers with hay in the windrows are working to have it baled before Friday, and some are holding off cutting until weather patterns pass.
Weather is looking good in the Pacific Southwest, and 1st cutting should be complete in New Mexico by the end of the week. Temperatures in Arizona continue to rise, and tests results are leveling out with mostly lower grades expected to come from this region.
As new crop comes in, some markets are being aggressive with placing orders, and we are seeing good opportunity for early movement for all grades.
Growers in the Kittitas Valley of Washington State started cutting last weekend. Quality looks good throughout the Columbia Basin and Kittitas Valley, and both areas have about 40% cut and a small amount baled.
Schedules are moving along as expected without any quality issues, and harvest will begin around the first week of July.