Weekly #19 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

The numerous rain showers and thunderstorm at Central and Northern California and Nevada area. Produced an half inch rain but still in drought. Cooler than average early spring temperature in Southern California produced higher than normal aphids number. The yield decreased around 30-80% in some area like 2nd cut Alfalfa in Imperial Valley. Exportable premium Alfalfa Hay @215-220.00 and Premium Klein Hay @190-195.00 and Bermuda Hay @170.00 in Imperial.

PNW

Farmers side was quiet. Exporters are trying to move old crop inventory which was postponed shipment slow demand from Asia to domestic or to other export destination by discounted price. Some South Eastern WA area started harvesting of 1st Cut Alfalfa Hay Farmers are asking 220-230 but not much interesting from exporters who have idea @200-205 for Premium Grade.

 

 

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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.

 

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 #16 West Coast Hay and Straw

PSW

Southern California had windy but improved late week but expect high temperate in next week questioning Alfalfa quality. Higher grade traded 210-215 and lower 5-10 less. Central California current crop 53-54 TDN goes to export market and 1st cut limited as rain delayed. Northern California keep abnormally drying weather.

PNW

Not much activities. Most of trading was for domestic retail. Meadow grass @150, Premium Oat @150 in Eastern Oregon. Some grower will take out Alfalfa after harvesting 1st cut replacing crop to Sweat Corn or Dry Beans. Demand from Asia was still slower over-inventory in Korea and weak Yen in Japan.