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Timothy and Alfalfa Hay Blog

    Harvest Update - September 21, 2018

    Posted on Sep 22, 2018

    Alfalfa

    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.

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    Topics: Export Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa Hay

    Harvest Update - September 14, 2018

    Posted on Sep 15, 2018

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    Despite some spotty weather conditions, growers in the South Columbia Basin of Washington State are able to begin baling 4th cutting this week. Color looks good for stacks that have been baled so far, and we will fully assess quality once baling is complete. In Oregon, Christmas Valley has just started 3rd cutting. Weather has been clear in Klamath Falls, where 4th cutting is expected to begin in the next 7-10 days and will mostly go to domestic markets.

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    Topics: Harvest Update, Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage

    Harvest Update - July 26, 2018

    Posted on Jul 27, 2018

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    Topics: Export Hay, Harvest Update, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa Hay, Quality of Forage

    Harvest Update - July 20, 2018

    Posted on Jul 21, 2018

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    Growers in Washington State have been taking advantage of good weather to finish up 2nd cutting. A few growers have yet to cut, but everyone is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week in all areas of Washington. Some areas in the south Columbia Basin are expected to begin 3rd cutting in as little as three weeks. Second cutting is moving along in Oregon, and conditions have been favorable so far to produce good color.

    Monsoon season is bringing intermittent rain to many areas of the Pacific Southwest, and growers in New Mexico are working around weather to finish up second cutting. They are expecting to finish around the middle of next week and quality will be assessed. In Arizona, 5th cutting has resumed after some delays due to monsoons over the last week. Nearly all of what has been cut so far is baled.

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    Topics: Export Hay, Harvest Update, Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage

    Harvest Update - June 28, 2018

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018

    Alfalfa

    Second cutting is underway for some growers in Washington State as they take advantage of clear weather windows, and color looks good for this cutting. Recent challenging weather patterns have cleared in Oregon and 1st cutting has resumed. We’re seeing good color and a small amount of over maturity on some fields that are left to be cut. Quality will be determined after testing.

    In the Pacific Southwest, New Mexico growers are in between cuttings and water has been turned off in preparation for 2nd cutting. Weather in Arizona has cleared, and temperatures have increased from last week, resulting in mostly High Color Economy coming from this region. Harvest is moving along well, with about 30% of 5th cutting complete and 20% baled.

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    Topics: Export Hay, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa Hay, Quality of Forage, Harvest Update

    Harvest Update - June 22, 2018

    Posted on Jun 23, 2018

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    First cutting is complete in New Mexico, and water will start to be turned off next week in preparation for 2nd cutting. Quality and color from growers throughout the area are favorable, and we are seeing good export quality grades. Temperatures continue to rise in Arizona, and 5th cutting has started in some areas. The first 10% of 5th cutting received some rain earlier in the week, however growers are continuing and will work to navigate good weather windows as they begin baling.

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    Topics: Export Hay, Harvest Update, Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage

    Harvest Update - Alfalfa Timothy Straw 22 June 2016

    Posted on Jun 23, 2016

    Growers in New Mexico have completed 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest and are tending their fields for 2nd cutting, which is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Weather in the coming week looks promising, with a chance of showers.

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    Topics: News, Timothy, Export Hay, Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Harvest Update, Quality of Forage

    Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw 8 June 2016

    Posted on Jun 10, 2016

    Growers in New Mexico are expecting to finish baling 1st cutting Alfalfa at the end of the week. Weather has been favorable for this cutting, and quality is good. In Utah, Alfalfa is looking good with bright green color and good leaf retention. There is a chance of showers over the weekend, so growers are working hard to finish cutting and baling over the next couple of days while the chance of precipitation is minimal. So far, about 80% of fields have been cut, and 45% has been baled.

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    Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Harvest Update, News

    Forage Nutrition 101: Phosphorus

    Posted on May 26, 2016

    In the agriculture industry, the quality of forages is measured by the levels of energy, fiber, and other essential nutrients they provide. Growing environment, soil conditions, and harvesting technique all impact forage quality. The physical attributes of forages (smell, color, leafiness) are not as specific indicators of quality as chemical analysis.

    One factor to consider when looking at you forage options is the concentration of phosphorus (P) as different levels affect digestion and animal productivity.

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    Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy

    Forage Nutrition 101: Nitrates

    Posted on May 19, 2016

    Quality forages are vital to the livestock industry, as only the top quality options provide crude protein, acid detergen/neutral detergent fiber, minerals, and other nutrients essential to animal health. Forage quality depends on a variety of conditions, such as the harvesting process, soil, fertilization, maturity – factors that impact both the physical characteristics and chemical makeup of the final product. Premium forages aren’t developed overnight; they are the result of extensive expertise and years of experience.

    When assessing forage options, one measurement commonly used to measure quality is the percentage

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    Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Horse Nutrition, Export Hay