Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • The weather has turned for the better and things are beginning to dry out in New Mexico and Utah for the Alfalfa harvest.  This has allowed the 1st cutting harvest to resume. Due to weather delaying the start of harvest this year, tonnage of Alfalfa in New Mexico and Utah are expected to be up while quality remains to be determined. The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is starting on their 5th cutting t...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • As we move though this season’s Timothy harvest, we felt it would be helpful to give customers an update as they prepare for inspections over the next several weeks. We are seeing Timothy prices come down across the board which helps offset the weakening yen. While we feel true Premium Dairy through Premium Horse will be tighter than expected, we are putting together some of the nicest quality in ...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Success in the agriculture industry starts with the quality of your forages. They need to deliver optimal levels of protein, minerals, fiber, and other essentials to establish the most accurate measurement of feed quality: animal productivity. Many factors weigh into whether forages are good, better or best – such as climate, soil conditions, and the harvesting process. Consider all of...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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....

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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 qualit...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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 wor...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Just about everyone in transportation and import/export is looking for an increase in efficiency, and the ports are usually where we look. There are many opportunities for improvement within the supply chain. As a US Top 40 Exporter, Anderson Hay has about 55 loads a day currently going to port, solely from our headquarters in Ellensburg, WA, one of our three plants. Along with thousan...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), monsoon season continues to challenge growers as they complete 6th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Export quality continues to be somewhat limited as a result. Cutting is finished, and about 85% of the baling is done so far with the rest expected to be done by the end of the week. A large storm rolled through Utah this week, bringing cool weather, unexpected r...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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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...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Monsoon season is nearing its end, and growers are looking forward to more stable weather in the Pacific Southwest (PSW) this week. In New Mexico, many farmers dealt with intermittent storms last week and are still feeling the effects of the precipitation. Due to the weather, 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest is progressing slower than anticipated. Weather is expected to improve in coming days and c...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • In the Pacific Southwest (PSW), the rainy weather has finally cleared in New Mexico and Utah. The forecast for the upcoming week is favorable with dry weather conditions expected. Growers are continuing their 3rd cutting Alfalfa harvest. So, far they have cut about half of the fields and have a small amount baled. Temperatures are expected to be in excess of 100°F for the next week. Growers in Ar...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Growers across the Pacific Southwest (PSW) continue to work around monsoon season, which typically peaks in the middle of August. Growers are about 50% through the 6th cutting of Alfalfa, and a small amount has been baled. In Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah short windows of dry weather helped harvest. Growers in New Mexico and Utah were able to start 3rd cutting this week.  Due to unpredictable rain...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), 3rd cutting Alfalfa in Washington State is approximately 75% complete and we are seeing mostly good color and quality.  The early summer and periods of high temperatures have been a concern throughout the season. The hot weather we have experienced can effect feed analysis by causing plants to mature quicker than they would during a cooler growing season. 

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • In the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Utah and New Mexico have been experiencing a mixed bag of hot and windy weather followed by storms and showers for the last couple of weeks. This has created a variety of qualities of Alfalfa available throughout the region. The forecast for the next 8 days indicates less precipitation and mostly sunny skies. Growers are starting 2nd cutting and have baled a small ...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Parts of the Pacific Southwest (PSW) experienced rainfall in the last week, slowing down 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest in Utah and New Mexico. Growers remain in a holding pattern as they direct their harvest activities around monsoon season. Of the 1st cutting harvest, about 50% is baled, and some growers have started baling 2nd cutting in Utah. Arizona and Nevada growers are also finishing up bali...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • The Pacific Southwest (PSW) has experienced rain fall in the last week as scattered storms move through most of the area. A large number of growers have completed their 5th cutting of Alfalfa, with many areas receiving rain before the hay was baled and off the field. About half of the 5th cutting in the PSW is baled at this point.  The 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest has begun in Utah and New Mexico....

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • Across the Western United States, growers are hard at work cutting and baling their fields. In addition to wide-spread drought conditions, growers have also struggled to find good cutting windows. The weather has brought both record heat and untimely precipitation. The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is about midway through 5th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Due to high temperatures during both growing and h...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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.

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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 ...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • In the Pacific Northwest, 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest is finishing up and the last 15 percent of baling will be completed towards the end of the week. Some areas in the South Columbia Basin of Washington State are expected to begin 2nd cutting in the next 3-4 days. The 8-day weather forecast is favorable, with warm temperatures and low chance of precipitation.

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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 look...

Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
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  • 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 m...

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