In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), cooler weather in the last week has somewhat slowed harvest efforts. Growers in Washington State are continuing with 4th cutting Alfalfa harvest, and have about half of the harvest cut and baled. Quality is consistent, with good green color overall. In the Kittitas Valley of Washington, 2nd cutting Timothy harvest is finishing up this week and quality continues to hold. There are a few fields left to bale, which should finish up this week as well. Growers in the Columbia Basin were forced to slow their 2nd cutting harvest due to light rain showers, but were able to resume mid-week and are now in full-swing to complete the harvest in the next couple of days. Skies are forecasted to be clear and temperatures are expected to rise in the next 2-3 days.
In Oregon, weather in Klamath Falls and Christmas Valley has been clear and cutting has continued throughout the week. About 90% of the 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest is completed, and 75% has been baled. Quality in Klamath Falls continues to be fair, and is looking good in Christmas Valley. Due to the early spring, growers are still looking forward to a 4th cutting harvest. The 8-day weather forecast for the PNW is predicting clear skies for the next several days, giving growers a good window to finish up 3rd cutting.
The 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest has picked up in New Mexico; it is about 65% completed and should be done in the next 7-10 days as good weather is expected. In Utah, there are a few growers baling the last of 2nd cutting Alfalfa, and some ending their 3rd cutting. Fourth cutting has started in areas of Utah, with about 15% baled and more expected to start by next week.
In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), monsoon season continues to be a challenge in concluding the 6th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Cutting has finished, and growers are hoping for clear skies to finish baling. Export quality is somewhat limited as a result of the weather.
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