Growers in Washington State were able to make good progress on 4th cutting last week, and only a few have fields left to cut. Quality looks good for what has been baled and what is in windrows, and weather has been clear for this cutting. Yields are average for this cutting and region. In Oregon, Christmas Valley growers are wrapping up 3rd cutting while fields in Klamath Falls are being cut for 4th. Nice hay is going up from this area, which will likely go to the domestic dairy market.
Eighth cutting in Arizona is moving quickly with the threat of rain next week. 70% has been cut and 40% has been baled, and most growers are expecting to finish up by the end of the week. In New Mexico, 4th cutting continues. Weather has been easy to navigate in this region and quality looks good as hay goes into bales.
Third cutting began in some areas of the south Columbia Basin of Washington State and will be baled by the end of this week, at which point quality will be assessed. So far, we expect a small amount of export hay from this region.
Straw harvest has wrapped up in Oregon and there were no quality issues this year.