Monsoon season is nearing its end, and growers are looking forward to more stable weather in the Pacific Southwest (PSW) this week.
In New Mexico, many farmers dealt with intermittent storms last week and are still feeling the effects of the precipitation. Due to the weather, 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest is progressing slower than anticipated. Weather is expected to improve in coming days and clear skies are expected by the middle of the week.
The weather in Utah has been comparably mild, giving growers a good window to make progress on their 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. As of Tuesday morning, 85% has been cut and 60% has been baled. Quality is improving as the weather in the PSW begins to cooperate.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), Oregon has benefited from favorable weather. Clear skies have continued in Klamath Falls, and harvest is making steady progress. As with Utah and New Mexico, growers in Christmas Valley and Klamath Falls are in the middle of their 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. So far 75% of the harvest has been cut and 50% has been baled. A 4th cutting is expected.
Washington State is still working on their 4th cutting harvest; about half is cut and baled. Overall, the color continues to be green and quality is good.
Despite the light showers that fell in Washington, the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin growers were able to resume 2nd cutting Timothy harvest. Quality, for the most part, continues to hold. Nearly all has been cut (95% and 90% in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin, respectively) and about 80% has been baled.
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