Weather across the Pacific Southwest (PSW) continues to challenge growers. Storms, high moisture, and unpredictable weather continue to pose a challenge to farmers in Arizona and Nevada. Farmers are about 75% through the 6th cutting Alfalfa and the weather is forecasted to be clear for the next 8 days.
Growers in New Mexico and Utah were able to put up some good quality 3rd cutting Alfalfa during this past week due to a favorable weather window. Monsoon conditions are continuing to move into the area, with weather similar to what we previsouly reported for Arizona and Nevada, causing concern for maintaining quality as growers finish up 3rd cutting. This is typical for monsoon season, which is expected to continue through the end of September.
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Oregon harvest conditions have been favorable for producing good quality hay during 3rd cutting harvest. Growers were able to get approximately 30% of the crop baled over the last week. They are looking forward to a 4th cutting this year.
The 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest has been completed in Washington State. The crop has favorable quality. Growers have about 25% of 4th cutting cut and baled. The color and quality are similar to 3rd cutting Alfalfa so far. The temperatures are expected to be mild throughout the weekend and beginning of next week.
Growers have worked for the last couple of weeks to bring in the 2nd cutting Timothy harvest in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin of Washington. The majority of the fields have been cut and harvest crews have baled over 50% of the fields. For the most part, 2nd cutting Timothy quality continues to look good.
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