Oct. 8, 2019
When the trade war started between the U.S. and China in July 2018, alfalfa hay exports from the West Coast to China began a downward slide that reached a low in January 2019 of 25,461 metric tons (MT...

Sept. 24, 2019
Some dairies in the West were waiting for the last cutting of alfalfa hay in Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Utah, the northern California mountains, and Oregon, which they hoped would be higher quality. N...

Sept. 10, 2019
Federal Milk Marketing Order milk prices in Tulare, Calif., have gone from $14.21 per hundredweight (cwt.) in January to $16.94 per cwt. in July of this year, and yet quite a few dairies are still not...

Aug. 27, 2019
China announced on August 23 that they would impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of products from the U.S., and alfalfa hay is included in those products. Our contact in China, and verified by export...

Aug. 13, 2019
In 2017, alfalfa hay exports to China accounted for 44 percent of all alfalfa hay exports from the West Coast. In the first half of 2019, that number had dropped to 26 percent, according to the U.S. C...

July 30, 2019
In 2018, timothy hay export prices in Washington and Idaho were at record highs on first cutting with strong demand. In 2019, demand started strong on higher quality first-cutting timothy, but it didn...

July 2, 2019
If it wasn’t so dramatic, maybe I wouldn’t talk so much about it, but the latest USDA estimate of 560,000 alfalfa hay acres in California for 2019 was down 10 percent from 2018 and 49 percent lowe...

June 18, 2019
In the past two weeks, the first new crop sales on timothy hay in Washington and sudan hay in the Imperial Valley were reported. Both hay types from those areas are sold mainly into the export market...

June 4, 2019
From the late 1990s up until about five or six years ago, I predicted what I thought the alfalfa hay market would do in the West each year or at least at the start of the season. The reality is that with so many factors, both domestic and export, including weather, it has become harder to estimate what prices will do.For example, look at the early alfalfa hay market in Idaho. A few months ago, some people were predicting new crop, first-cutting Supreme alfalfa hay in...

May 20, 2019
Rain that hit late last week and forecasted rain in the coming week not only delayed early new crop alfalfa hay production in several areas of the West but also pushed early new crop Supreme alfalfa h...