Jun 29, 2018
Jun 23, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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