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: June 22, 2017

Timothy

  • Columbia Basin, WA
    • Some early cut fields were put up green. However a high percentage of the fields that were cut received varying degrees of rain damage. Several growers have held off on cutting and are waiting for the weather to break. Due to the delay in cutting of fields some growers are now choosing to grow for higher tonnage because the weather conditions have delayed harvest. 1st cutting is finishing cutting this week and the last of the Columbia Basin baling should be finished by next week.
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  • Ellensburg, WA
    • 2017 harvest is later this year due to a cold, wet spring. 1st cutting is 3-4 days behind Columbia Basin Timothy harvest as the rain has delayed cutting. The earlier cut material is being baled now.
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  • Idaho
    • Idaho Timothy is expected to have good quality this year due to a wet spring which increased tonnage in the dryland fields. 1st cutting is underway now and baling is expected to begin next week. Weather conditions are expected to remain good through this week and into next week.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • Early spring weather conditions were wetter than normal and temperatures remained colder than the spring of 2016. The overall harvesting of product for this area is about 1 week later than last year’s harvest. Typically Klamath Falls will begin harvesting first and Christmas Valley would then follow 1 week later. The majority of the fields in the Klamath valley have now been cut, and all of those fields received a large amount of rain damage. Because of the rain we do not anticipate any high grade 1st cutting from the Klamath Falls area. The Madras area is also cut and is expected to begin baling over the weekend. The weather forecast is expected to have much higher temperature this weekend, in the mid-90s degrees Fahrenheit.
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Alfalfa

  • Columbia Basin
    • Some early cut fields were put up green. However a high percentage of the fields that were cut received varying degrees of rain damage. Columbia Basin 1st cutting is almost complete and they are starting 2nd cutting on the earlier fields.

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  • Ellensburg
    • First cutting is finishing up now. Some early cut fields were put up green. However a high percentage of the fields that were cut received varying degrees of rain damage. Several growers held off on cutting and waited for the weather to break. Some growers made the choice to grow for tonnage because of the predicted wet weather conditions.
       
  • Idaho
    • 1st cutting is well underway. There have been some rain showers in the area. However the weather conditions are expected to remain good through this week into next week.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • Early spring weather conditions were wetter than normal and temperatures remained colder than the spring of 2016. The overall harvesting of product for this area is about 1 week later than last year’s harvest. Typically Klamath Falls will begin harvesting first and Christmas Valley would then follow 1 week later. The majority of the fields in the Klamath valley have now been cut, and all of those fields received a large amount of rain damage. Because of the rain we do not anticipate any high grade 1st cutting from the Klamath Falls area. The Madras area is also cut and is expected to begin baling over the weekend. The weather forecast is expected to have much higher temperature this weekend, in the mid-90s degrees Fahrenheit. The Christmas Valley and the Burns area are expected to begin cutting this weekend.
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  • California
    • 4th cutting Alfalfa is underway now.

Kleingrass & Bermuda Hay (California)

  • Bermuda
    • 2nd cutting Bermuda is complete. The next available Bermuda Hay will not be until 1st cutting, after taking seeds out, which is in August at around one and half months later.
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  • Kleingrass
    • 2nd cutting Kleingrass is complete. 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
    • 1st cutting began a couple of weeks ago, however the price is still very strong in the market at this time.
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  • Ellensburg
    • Sudan harvest in Kittitas Valley will be early-mid August forward.

Straw

  • Oregon
    • The Willamette Valley’s early spring weather conditions were very cold and extremely wet, because of these weather conditions straw harvest is still predicted to be delayed by 1-2 weeks. In a normal harvest year Annual Ryegrass baling would take place around the 4th of July. Pollination is underway now, following pollination it takes around 20-21 days before growers can begin cutting. Growers have begun swathing in the southern part of Oregon. The weather forecast this weekend is expected to be in the mid-90s F. Some grasses may begin cutting this weekend.
    • Annual Ryegrass cutting should begin in about a week. There will be more Annual Ryegrass available this year as growers will choose to bale all of their Annual Ryegrass.
    • We anticipate Perennial Ryegrass to be cut in the Willamette Valley around July 20th – 24th. There is a dry time of about 1 week, then combining to proceed drying and then baling. We anticipate Western Oregon Perennial Ryegrass to be available at the end of July. We anticipate Perennial Ryegrass to be in short supply this season due to necessary farming practices and unfavorable weather conditions. 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.
    • Eastern Oregon grass harvest is about 1 week later than last year’s harvest. Farmers have begun to cut Bluegrass this week in the Hermiston and Boardman areas. The upcoming weather is expected to very hot, at 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit in these areas. This hot weather will speed up the drying process and allow combining to begin fairly quickly. If the hot weather continues we expect combining to begin within 3-4 days following cutting. After the bluegrass is cut the farmers will begin cutting the Fine Fescue and then Perennial Ryegrass last.
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  • Columbia Basin Bluegrass Straw
    • In normal harvest years, harvest will begin in June and continue through July. However, early spring weather conditions were very cold and extremely wet. These weather conditions will delay the 2017 Bluegrass harvest by at least 1 week.