Calaway Crop Update

Calaway Trading is pleased to offer our customers up-to-date information on crops sourced within the PNW and PSW regions. We will update this page often as deemed informational to you during the 2017 harvest season.
Updated: August 11, 2017

Timothy

  • Columbia Basin, WA
    • Some early 2nd cutting has begun in the South Basin with more to come in the next week.
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  • Ellensburg, WA
    • 2nd cutting is expected to be underway in the next week to 2 weeks.
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  • Idaho
    • 1st cutting is complete.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • 1st cutting is complete. All of those fields received a large amount of rain damage. The material that was available for export, was very high priced, with medium sized stem, and showed some bleach. 2nd cutting will begin within the next 3 weeks.
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Alfalfa

  • Columbia Basin
    • The majority of 3rd cutting will be concluded by end of the week. Severe forest fires in Canada have caused a layer of smoke to gather over much of Washington and parts of Oregon and Idaho. The smoke layer increases the amount of time it takes to dry hay which has resulted in some heavier windrow bleach than normal. Temperatures have been in the mid-90s and into the 100s last week and forecasted through this weekend.

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  • Ellensburg
    • 3rd cutting is beginning and will be well underway within the week. Weather conditions are ideal for the next week as product is put up.
       
  • Idaho
    • Southwestern Idaho has concluded its 3rd cutting and Southeastern Idaho is in the middle of 2nd cutting. Weather has been good overall in these areas.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • 1st cutting is complete. There were 4 major rain storms during 1st cutting, and all of the fields received a large amount of rain damage. 1st cutting was heavily rain damaged and not exportable. 2nd cutting is almost complete, because of the hot weather the alfalfa grew very fast. 2nd cutting material has good green color and big stems.
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  • California
    • 5th cutting Alfalfa is complete. Soon it will be 6th cutting where TMR grade will come out.

Kleingrass & Bermuda Hay (California)

  • Bermuda
    • 1st cutting after seeds will be harvested sometime next week.
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  • Kleingrass
    • 3rd cutting will come out sometime next week. The acreage is down about 16% compared to last year. The price is being driven up due to short supply caused by less acreage.

Sudan

  • California
    • 2nd cutting has just begun.
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  • Ellensburg
    • Some early Sudan fields are now starting to cut in the Kittitas Valley. We expect Sudan harvest to be underway within a week.

Straw

  • Oregon
    • We are nearing the end of harvest now. All Fescue, Annual Ryegrass, and Perennial Ryegrass straw should be baled this week. The weather has been favorable throughout harvest and is expected to remain favorable for the next few weeks. Oat Straw harvest is expected to begin within the next few weeks.
    • Annual Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass Straw yields are down across the Willamette Valley by 35-50% from last year.
      • Due to necessary farming Practices, typically Perennial Ryegrass is planted in the fall, however the fall of 2016 was extremely wet. The wet weather caused the fields to be muddy and became inaccessible to farming equipment. The wet weather continued through this spring, and field continued to be inaccessible to plant the Perennial Ryegrass. Fescue is typically grown on the hillsides which allows for good drainage. However the water then pools on the flat land. The flat land is where the Perennial Ryegrass grows best, however it does not thrive when the ground is saturated for long period of time like it was this year. Another crop that also thrives on the flat lands is the Filbert (Hazelnut) Trees, which many farmers are now planting in place of Perennial Ryegrass. This will result in less Perennial Ryegrass acreage going forward.
      • Combining equipment is evolving: New Combining equipment allows for farmers to chop the straw easily with the push of a button while combining the seeds. This evolution of equipment is causing exporters to pay the farmer additional fees for them to choose to bale and not to chop the straws. With the new combining equipment we are finding that it shortens the length of the stem on straw significantly even when it is placed in a wind row for baling. All straw can be chopped, but chopping is typically favorable with Annual Ryegrass as it is used as a cover crop, with no till planting.
       
  • Columbia Basin Bluegrass Straw
    • Bluegrass straw harvest is complete.