2008 Washington State Hay Situation and Outlook. J. Shannon Neibergs 1 , William T. W. Woodward 2 and Phil J. Peterson 3. 1,3 WSU Extension and 2 Columbia Basin College. ...Challenges. Facing Agricultural Producers. “Fight for Food or Fuel” Structural Change in Supply Response
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J. Shannon Neibergs1, William T. W. Woodward2
and Phil J. Peterson3
1,3 WSU Extension and 2Columbia Basin College
Facing Agricultural Producers
All Hay Acres up
Alfalfa Acres down
All Hay up
Price deflation index, 1982 = 100
Idaho’s index has increased from 46 in 2000 to 66 in 2007.
Steady beef cattle and
Calves January 1 inventory
Horse Numbers -
but Willing to Pay
for Quality Hay
Source: Port of Portland
Note “strengthening” of the Loonie and relative “weakening” of the Yen
Current Production 7,195 Mil. Gal. Expansion Capacity 6,960 Mil. Gal.
Washington end of year stocks are tight – PNW stocks are very tight