January 12, 2021

• Exports of alfalfa hay during November to all trade partners were the lowest for that month since 2015, totaling 189,165 metric tons (MT). Through November, 2020 alfalfa hay exports remained slightly ahead of 2019.

• China topped all trade partners by importing 87,524 MT of U.S. alfalfa hay during November. That total was slightly below a year ago, but alfalfa hay exports to China remained 48% ahead of 2019 through November.

• Vermeer Corporation will begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first round baler that was introduced to the market by the company’s founder, Gary Vermeer, in 1971.

• Based on the most recent Drought Monitor map, about 46% of the U.S. is experiencing moderate drought or worse.

• There are a number of forage educational programs being held over the next few weeks. Most of these are virtual, and some are being offered without cost.

January 5, 2021

• The California Department of Water Resources found 10.5 inches of snow water equivalent in its first Sierra Nevada snow pack survey of the year. That total is 93% of the historical average for the Phillips station. “This is good news given that the fall was one of the driest on record for Central California,” notes Josh Callen in The Hoyt Report.

• Check out these management considerations for warm-season grasses from the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team.

The registration period is now open for a virtual novel tall fescue renovation workshop being held over three evenings on February 23 to 25.

• USDA will release its Crop Production and Crop Production Annual Summary reports next Tuesday, January 12.

Tractor sales were strong during much of 2020. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, tractor sales in all categories were higher than 2019 through November. Sales of four-wheel drive tractors were up 4.7%, and purchases of two-wheel drive tractors in the 40 to 100 horsepower category were nearly 12% higher.