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: September 14, 2017

Timothy

  • Columbia Basin, WA
    • 2nd cutting is complete.
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  • Ellensburg, WA
    • 2nd cutting is almost complete. There are a few late fields finishing up now. The wild fires in Washington state have left heavy smoke in the area has increased drying times, causing the hay to stay on the ground longer while waiting to be able to bale. This may result in some heavier windrow bleach than normal.
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  • Idaho
    • 1st cutting is complete.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • 2nd cutting is complete.
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Alfalfa

  • Columbia Basin
    • 4th cutting began last week. We continue to have heavy smoke from the wild fires with close proximity to the Columbia Basin. The smoke layer increases the amount of time it takes to dry hay which may result in some heavier windrow bleach than normal.

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  • Ellensburg
    • 3rd cutting is underway, a few late fields are still being cut. We continue to have heavy smoke from wild fires in and around Kittitas Valley. The smoke layer increases the amount of time it takes to dry hay which may result in some heavier windrow bleach than normal.
       
  • Idaho
    • Southwestern Idaho began their 4th cutting Alfalfa a few weeks ago. Southeastern Idaho is just beginning 3rd cutting. Southeast Idaho is also dealing with smoke cover from wild fires in Montana. The smoke layer increases the amount of time it takes to dry hay which may result in some heavier windrow bleach than normal.
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  • Klamath Falls & Christmas Valley, OR
    • 2nd cutting is complete, because of the hot weather the alfalfa grew very fast. 2nd cutting material is dry with little leaf retention, however it has good green color and big stems. 3rd cutting will begin soon. There are rain showers predicted for this coming weekend. We expect cutting to begin following the rain showers.
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  • California
    • 6th cutting is almost complete.

Kleingrass & Bermuda Hay (California)

  • Bermuda
    • 2nd cutting after seeds will come out around the end of September.
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  • Kleingrass
    • 4th cutting will come out soon.

Sudan

  • California
    • 2nd cutting is almost complete.
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  • Ellensburg
    • Sudan harvest is complete.

Straw

  • Oregon
    • Straw harvest is complete.
    • Straw Annual Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass 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.