May 11, 2021

• Despite the logistics problems that are inherent with shipping these days, total alfalfa hay exports during March totaled a whopping 282,486 metric tons (MT), according to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. It was the highest total for March ever recorded and the second highest total for any month on record.

• China led the charge by importing 143,532 MT, accounting for over 50% of U.S. alfalfa hay exports. The total was 42% higher than one year ago. Japan was second in line behind China, importing 58,971 MT of U.S. alfalfa during March.

• Through March, total alfalfa hay exports are running about 1.4% (8,000 MT) ahead of last year.

• Mississippi State University’s Rocky Lemus provides information on new herbicide technologies for hay and pasture systems.

• Penn State University offers some additional advice for spring weed control in grass hayfields and pastures.

May 4, 2021

• The University of California in Davis recently released a cost study for producing organic hay.

• Wisconsin’s updated custom rate guide is now available.

• Milk production in 2020 was up 2.2% compared to 2019, according to the USDA. Dairy farmers in the U.S. shipped 223 billion pounds of milk during the year. The average amount of milk produced per cow was 23,777 pounds, which was 382 pounds above 2019. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.39 million head, up 51,000 head from the previous year.

California’s water situation is dire.

• Cornell University’s Joe Lawrence suggests that forage digestibility is the key to combatting high commodity prices.