Week #25 West Coast Hay and Straw


South and North Columbia Basin area completed 1st cut Alfalfa Hay. Generally Quality was good in North Basin (without rain damaged manly from Royal city area) but testing results was lower than expected. However Starting rain in the evening of Jun 18, expect 20-30% Timothy on ground rain damaged (around 60% baled in South and 40% in North Basin) Alfalfa demand was was light to moderate but Timothy was strong from exporters for prompt delivery.


California had 50,000 Acres burned by wildfire which was nearly 5 times more than average and severe weather. Hot and dry conditions in Southern California may not have good quality hay due to strong wind again. Alfalfa demand was moderate and Bermuda was slow and Klein was weak.  Alfalfa price was strong for higher grade but Klein was weak around US$5 or 10 lower.