Hay suffering through late summer thundershowersBoise--Farmers harvesting the third and in some places 4th cutting of hay have dodged late afternoon thundershowers across the state. But nothing like last summers monsoon in Southeast Idaho.
“Producers like to cut the hay when it is at high quality and they sacrifice yields a little bit for that. But high quality alfalfa is what our dairies call for, and this is an intense dairy area,” said Steve Hines of the USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service Idaho field office.
With the rain, producers are having problems picking up the wet hay. Some producers can get as many as five cuttings of hay in southern Idaho, while others get three or four cuttings, and rain can hamper that. Last summer it rained most of August, leaving a glut of moldy hay on the market.
Southeast Idaho grain harvest is wrapping up and the beginning of potato harvest has started in Southwest Idaho.
“Harvest is progressing well, although there have been some rain showers,” said Steve Hines, University of Idaho Extension educator in the eastern region of the state. Producers are finishing up the dry pea and lentil harvest and spring wheat harvest is under way, he added.
According to the NASS report, rainstorms hampered the harvest of wheat and barley and put some third cutting of alfalfa on hold.