Feb. 9, 2016
In last Friday's USDA Cattle report, there were 92 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of January 1. This was an increase of 3 percent from a year ago and is the highest cattle i...


Feb. 2, 2016
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight.According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, baled hay and straw exports from the West Coast from July through November 2015 were 3,582,640 short tons, up 7 percent from the same period in 2014. The main reason for the increase was a 31 percent increase in alfalfa hay exports to China and stronger alfalfa hay exports to the United...


Jan. 26, 2016
Not long ago I was sitting in a farm office talking to a dairy producer about his forage cropping program. Amongst the flurry of questions I asked was, “What is your alfalfa seeding rate?” H...


Jan. 26, 2016
· California's Department of Water Resources had good news from their first media-oriented snow survey last week. Not only was mountain snow depth above the long-term average, but also th...


Jan. 19, 2016
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight. USDA’s final estimate of alfalfa hay acres in California in 2015 was 790,000, the lowest alfalfa hay acres since...


Jan. 5, 2016
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight. According to the Dairy Marketing Branch in the California Department of Food and Agriculture, dairies in California...


Dec. 29, 2015
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Dec. 22, 2015
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight. In the past few weeks, a few hay export companies in the West have been aggressively looking for and purchasing alfalfa...


Dec. 8, 2015
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight. Sources in central California report that fewer acres of alfalfa hay are being planted for the 2016 season. Wheat plantin...


Nov. 24, 2015
With the forecast for cold weather and snow in the Western states during the coming week, hay growers are hoping for more of the same in the weeks ahead. Growers in the West who are sitting on l...