April 23, 2019
The once leading area of alfalfa hay production in California from Kern to Merced Counties is changing. With the tremendous shift to trees, mainly almonds, alfalfa hay acres have been declining. Almon...

April 9, 2019
Last week’s reported sales of 47,650 tons of alfalfa hay in Idaho included 46,000 tons that were contracts made by export buyers for 2019 crop alfalfa hay. Prices paid were about $15 per ton higher...

March 26, 2019
In the Central Valley of California, there is new crop alfalfa hay that is ready to be cut, but growers are waiting because of rain that is forecast in the middle of this week. Growers say that some f...

March 12, 2019
There was enough dry weather in the Imperial Valley the past couple of weeks for growers to put up some nice quality first cutting alfalfa hay. Weather has been a challenge with a rain event about eve...

Feb. 26, 2019
Early indications point to strong demand for western U.S. alfalfa hay from Saudi Arabia in 2019. This is due to the Saudi Arabian government not allowing large alfalfa farms to use water for irrigatio...

Feb. 12, 2019
At the most recent snow survey on January 31, snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California measured 100 percent of average. More snow the past 10 days has pushed snowpack to 177 inches at the...

Jan. 29, 2019
Weather reports on Sunday night were calling for wind chills to be between 30 to 60 degrees below zero on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in the Central and Upper Midwest. Dairy and livestock produ...

Jan. 15, 2019
During the government shutdown, there will be no reports issued from not only USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), but also other reports that impact the U.S. agricultural industr...

Jan. 2, 2019
Looking back at the alfalfa hay market in the West during 2018, export hay buyers were more aggressive early in the season with strong demand from China being a big reason. With depressed milk prices...

Dec. 18, 2018
While dairies in the western U.S. are feeding less alfalfa hay to dairy cows than 10 to 15 years ago, California has probably seen more of a decline than other states...