Weekly #18 West Coast Hay and Straw


Central and Northern California is finishing 1st cut Alfalfa. The entire California is in severe drought and above normal temperature with strong dry winds. Wild fire began throughout the state. According to UC extention agent the cooler than average early spring temperatures in Kern and Imperial Valley County have produced higher than normal aphid numbers. consequently, yields decreased as much as 30-80 percent in some areas. Premium Alfalfa Hay is limited supply. Most of hay was just #1 quality this week. Klein @190-200 for premium and Bermuda @180-190 and Oat @165-170 for export quality.


Columbia Basin area started cutting triticale for green chop and some farmers is planning to produce 1st cut Alfalfa next week. Generally market was slow and quiet.