Week #25 West Coast Hay and Straw

PNW

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.

PSW

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.

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Weekly #23 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

Temperature during daytime is over 105 or 110 in El Centro, CA. Alfalfa has strong demand from exporters premium @215-220 and #1 @205-210 however grass hay was so slow for Klein @180-185 and Bermuda @170-175 and green Sudan @195-200 in Imperial.

PNW

Ellensburg and Columbia Basis area have nice weather for hay harvesting. The Alfalfa color was not as green as the past 2 or 3 years and back to traditional range.They were also around 50% rain damaged. Baled Alfalfa have wide range for price and quality. Timothy hay also just tarted to cut in Ellensburg and South Basin area but very little 5 or 10%. Price was quoted at 225 for Premium Alfalfa and 215 for Good exportable Alfalfa Hay. however Timothy price was quoted at 280-290 because of strong new crop demand from customers in Asia. Not much exporter’s activities in Oregon.

Weekly #22 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

Good domestic and export demand due to light supplying of high test Alfalfa Hay in California. Price @220-230 for retail, @215-220 for export, @200-205 for nice #1 grade. Klein Hay @190 for premium @180 for standard, Bermuda Hay @200.00 for premium. Expect high temperature next week.

PNW

1st cut Alfalfa is selling to domestic dairy with wide range price from 195 to 225. Exporters still waiting unless they have firm demand from overseas. Expect more Timothy Hay production. Some farmers will start to harvest 1st Timothy Hay earlier due to 1st cut Alfalfa Hay on ground.

 

Weekly #21 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

Weather conditions in California were hot and dry towards the beginning of the week and cooled through the middle of the week with no significant rainfall associated with the cooling trend. The US Drought Monitor shows 40 percent of the pastures and rangeland in California rated in poor to very poor condition, but statewide reservoir storage is near-average and should help serve as a buffer against drought conditions. This type of hot and cool weather is not good for hay harvesting. Specially exporters demand is growing as moisture was less than before for 3rd cutting in Southern California. The price was 5 or 10 more than before traded @210-215 and Klein Hay @185-190 for Premium and Bermuda Hay @180-190

PNW

1st cutting harvested in South Basin in Washington however most of Alfalfa sold to local dairy because Alfalfa price was better than corn and still weather was not good for harvesting. Maybe 30-40% on ground and 40-50% waiting for swathing but seemed some of them already over matured. locally traded @210-215 at the stack. Old crop has been sold @190.00 discounted price.

 

Weekly #20 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

Still temperature is cooler than normal in Southern California. Harvested Alfalfa quality was drier than normal year not much premium grade available from Imperial. Alfalfa has sold at 5 or 10 higher than last week around 215-220 for 3rd cutting. Klein for export @190 and Bermuda @180.00 but still demand is light. Specially foreign buyers are watching out strong dollar and weak Japanese yen and Korean won. Strong demand from domestic market as Milk price is recovering.

PNW

According to USDA report on May 1, the quantity of hay stored on farms, was estimated 180,000 tons, down 22 percent from 2012 and 49 percent down from 2011. However, still most of exporters are struggling to ship out old crop before mass production of new crop in May and Jun. Heard untested 1st cut big bales sold @210-215 but demand is light. there is price gap between farmers @230-235 and exporters @205-210.00.