For the week ending May 31, limited rainfall over the eastern half of the State allowed producers to get back to spring planting activities, while wet conditions in the west continued to hinder fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures averaged two degrees below normal. Alfalfa harvest progressed slowly, as producers awaited clear conditions. Pastures continued to improve and rated better than last year.
Alfalfa condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 25 fair, 58 good, and 11 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was at 22 percent, behind 30 last year and 33 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 6 poor, 30 fair, 54 good, and 7 excellent, in contrast to only 35 percent rating good or excellent last year.
Web statistics show 483 individual users visiting Nebraska-alfalfa.com for the month of May 2015. For the same time period last year, that number was 346 which shows this last May up 39.6%. The top states that the interest is coming from is Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Colorado, California, Iowa, Texas and Kansas. All of which have faced winter kills, wet spring rains or both. Haying across the country has been a struggle, making dairy quality hay very short.