Fourth cutting is in full swing in Washington State, and we’re seeing a mix of quality as hay is getting baled. About 50% of fields have been cut and 25% have been baled. In Oregon, growers in Christmas Valley are just starting 3rd cutting, which we expect to be mostly domestic dairy grades. Klamath Falls is expected to begin 4th cutting in the next 7-10 days.
In New Mexico, 4th cutting began early this week. A small amount was cut and will be baled before the weekend, however most field won’t be cut for 4-5 days. Growers in Arizona are waiting for good weather windows to start 8th cutting. We expect a mix of #1 and HCE from this cutting as temperatures decrease.
Second cutting wrapped up this week in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington State. Contact your sales representatives to communicate needs on #1 Coarse and #1B Coarse for the year as we are seeing good inventories from this cutting. Some growers in the South Basin are preparing for 3rd cutting towards the end of this week.
Straw harvest has wrapped up in Oregon, and we have not seen any quality issues this year. Please communicate your inventory and pricing needs for the year as our buyers and sales representatives work to provide appropriate inventories for our partners overseas.