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...

Dec. 4, 2018
Alfalfa hay exports to China in September at 53,032 were the lowest in nearly three years and were 32 percent below September 2017. The tariffs imposed by China continue to put pressure on alfalfa hay...

Nov. 20, 2018
One of the most striking events in the alfalfa hay market in the West is the narrow price between the bottom and top of the alfalfa hay market. This is the result of tight supplies of feeder/dry cow a...

Nov. 6, 2018
The 650,000 alfalfa hay acres in California for 2018 were the lowest in history since USDA began collecting data in 1919. What will be the future in the coming years for alfalfa in the leading d...

Oct. 23, 2018
In Washington, Idaho, and Utah, demand for Fair quality alfalfa hay for dairy dry cows, beef cow-calf ranchers, and feedlots is outpacing supplies. Why are feeder-hay supplies so tight not only in t...

Oct. 9, 2018
The alfalfa hay industry in the West is hopeful that a trade deal announced last week between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will help to move things closer to a resolution with China. Alfalfa hay shipm...