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...

Jan. 23, 2018
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight.USDA’s Crop Production Annual Summary for 2017 released on January 12 showed alfalfa hay acres in California at 660,000...

Jan. 9, 2018
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight.In some Western states, hay supplies are down from a year ago, according to sources. This was evident in California and we...

Dec. 26, 2017
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight.The pounds of alfalfa hay fed in milk cow rations in California in the third quarter of 2017 dropped to 7.06 pounds per he...

Dec. 12, 2017
A large amount of hay is trucked throughout the West each year, including a large amount of alfalfa hay that is trucked into Central California from surrounding states...

Nov. 28, 2017
Seth HoytAuthor of The Hoyt Report, providing hay market analysis and insight.As we approach the end of fall and the beginning of a New Year, alfalfa hay growers in the West are looking at mixed signa...