June 19, 2018
Export buyers are confirming good demand for western alfalfa hay during the past two weeks. This has been the case in Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Alfalfa for export sales in Washington and Id...

June 5, 2018
In the first week of trading on large offerings of new crop alfalfa hay last week in Washington, export buyers were the main force in the market. Of the 44,406 tons of all hay confirmed by The Hoyt Re...

May 22, 2018
A combination of feedback from contacts in the West, USDA’s Prospective Plantings report in late March, and May 1 hay stocks estimates last week are pointing to reduced 2018, alfalfa hay supplies in...

May 8, 2018
Sources report that first cutting alfalfa hay will start in southern Idaho this week and that a little new alfalfa hay has been cut in the southern Columbia Basin in Washington...

April 24, 2018
In the first two months of 2018, there has been a shift of a larger percentage of alfalfa hay exported to China from the ports of Seattle/Tacoma than alfalfa hay exported to China from the Long Beach/...

April 10, 2018
Over the past six weeks, there have been a few new crop contracts in the West and most of them were to export buyers. With the USDA’s Prospective Planting report estimating alfalfa hay acres in the...

March 27, 2018
Pounds of alfalfa hay fed to milk cows declined in the West in 2017, but I only have hard data for California. According to the Dairy Marketing Branch in the California Department of Food and Agricult...

March 6, 2018
A few years ago (can’t remember the year) when it was a dry winter in California and the West, heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in March gave farmers a much-needed boost in water supplies...

Feb. 20, 2018
New crop alfalfa hay prices in the Imperial Valley and Blythe, Calif., the past two weeks were $30 to $40 per ton higher than a year ago. Even with depressed milk prices, a few dairy hay buyers were c...

Feb. 6, 2018
Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are concerns for hay growers in the western U.S. who rely on surface water runoff from mountain snow for irrigation. The February 1 snow survey conducted by the Ca...