Weekly #18 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

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.

PNW

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.

 

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Weekly #17 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

All Southern/Central/Northern CA still drought condition. Kern and Imperial counties are continuing damaged by aphid on new crop Alfalfa Hay. Alfalfa Hay traded 5 higher at FOB Stack this week and also less color and dry. Exporters started to purchase Klein and Bermuda Hay. Price started to 20-30 lower than last year crop at beginning.

PNW

Still quite trade and some activities of Alfalfa and Oat by export and domestic buyer in Eastern Oregon. In Washington most of exporters continue to sell excess inventory to domestic market before new crop.

Weekly #15 Hay and Straw

PSW

Imperial county had a strong wind this week negatively impacted hay quality but good demand from local dairy and exporters at 210-215 for premium and 215-220 for supreme. Central California had rain and buyers are looking for Alfalfa Hay in Imperial and Arizona area.

PNW

Still very slow market for local dairy and exporters. old crop is being sold @200-205 FOB Stack. Most of people are just quiet due to low price at Southern California. Heard Oregon Grass Straw dropped down a lot at overseas due to over-supplying.