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Timothy and Alfalfa Hay Blog

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

    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

    The North American Monsoon

    Posted on May 9, 2016

    Growers in the southwest United States have become accustomed to the monsoon season, but what exactly is it and what does it mean for forage

    What is monsoon season?

    The North American monsoon season is a large weather pattern similar to the monsoon season in Asia, although not as strong. It officially occurs from June 15 – September 30 with most storms occurring in July and August. This particular monsoon system effects northwest Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Utah and Colorado. It brings unpredictable weather patterns, strong winds, and precipitation. It is important to note

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    Topics: Quality of Forage, Weather

    Forage Nutrition 101: Crude Protein

    Posted on May 5, 2016

    High-quality forages are essential for livestock, as premium products provide the optimal amounts of energy, protein, minerals, fiber and other essential nutrients. Forage quality relies upon many factors, including climate, soil fertility and harvesting technique.

    Production of premium forages is extremely complex. One of the top and most widely recognized measures of forage quality is the amount of crude protein (CP) it contains. CP has a large impact on animal digestive health and productivity. This post provides some general information on CP, why it’s important and what percentages are ideal in different types of forages.

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

    2015 Western United States Hay Acreage Infographic

    Posted on Feb 4, 2016

    Accounting for about 20% of the national hay area harvested in the United States, the Western US has a climate suited perfectly for the growth of high-quality, nutritious forage. Every day, bales from these states feed animals across the country and around the world. Hay is shipped from ports along the West Coast, making its way to dairies, farms, race horses, and camels across the world.

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    Topics: Hay for Horses, Quality of Forage, Race Horse Hay, Export Hay

    Harvest Update - Alfalfa 30 September 2015

    Posted on Oct 1, 2015

    Growers in New Mexico are well underway with their 4th cutting Alfalfa harvest in some areas. About 25% has been cut and 10% baled so far. The 3rd cutting is still in progress as well, with just 5% of the harvest left to bale. Good weather has allowed for some very nice, green Alfalfa from this crop. Some precipitation is expected over the weekend.

    Similar to New Mexico, some growersin Oregon are pushing to get the last of their 3rd cutting harvest baled while others are in the middle of 4th cutting harvest. Hay quality from this crop is also nice and green, and most of it is expected to be sold domestically. The weather has been mild and is should stay above the 70’s for the next week.

    In Utah, clear weather has allowed for a good 4th cutting, but there is a push to finish up before the showers which are forecasted for the weekend and potentially into next week. Nearly all of the fields have been cut and over half have been baled.

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

    Harvest Update - Alfalfa 24 September 2015

    Posted on Sep 24, 2015

    In both the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Pacific Southwest (PSW), irregular weather has pushed Alfalfa harvest out later than expected. With the elongated schedule comes a wide range in quality across the board.

    New Mexico has completed 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest, and has about 95% baled. In most areas, growers were able to stay ahead of the stormy weather during the curing process and quality is better than originally predicted. Some areas have started a 4th cutting harvest this week.

    The 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Utah has a wider range of quality due to some intense storms in the last two weeks. Growers able to avoid the poor weather put up great quality from this cutting. Weather is expected to be clear for the next 8 days, and good quality is expected from 4th cutting. So far, about 50% of 4th cutting harvest is complete, and 40% is baled.

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

    Harvest Update - Timothy and Alfalfa 9 September 2015

    Posted on Sep 10, 2015

     

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    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.

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