News — Export

Grass Seed Straw Exports - Hopping!

Grass Seed Straw Exports - Hopping!

Grass seed straw exports from the Willamette Valley are hopping!

Hay Kings Weekly Newsletter - Mississippi River Shipping - Hay and Drought

Hay Kings Weekly Newsletter - Mississippi River Shipping - Hay and Drought

Hay Kings Podcast
Checkout the latest Hay Kings Podcast episodes:
HAY KINGS PODCAST: THINGS I WISH I KNEW STARTING A CUSTOM HAY OPERATION (S4:E10) →
HAY KINGS PODCAST: 2022 WORLD ALFALFA CONGRESS - DR. DAN PUTMAN (S4:E11) →
Low Water Mark
  • The Mississippi river is at it's 8th lowest level on record.
  • 550 miles of the lower Mississippi is under a low water advisory. 
  • Barge companies declare force majeure
  • What's going on with Shipping - Lower Mississippi River Closes 
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Hay Kings Weekly Update - Falling Container Rates

Hay Kings Weekly Update - Falling Container Rates

  • Exchange rates continue to dampen demand for agricultural exports. The yen is the weakest it has been, relative to the dollar, since 1998.

Trade Specs - Phase One and Timothy

Trade Specs - Phase One and Timothy

April 15 marks the deadline for the US and China  to finalize export protocols for forage projects.

Timothy Heads to China

Timothy Heads to China

Trade Wins

The phase one deal between the US and China sets the stage for timothy export protocols. The Chinese have 30 days after the deal is finalized to establish the new protocol for timothy. There is still uncertainty around how strong demand will be, but the ability to ship to China is favorable for northwest timothy growers.

Chinese buyers tend to focus on "clean and green" alfalfa grades. If this turns out to be the trend with timothy, this news should provide some optimism to a market oversupplied in mid-grade timothy. How much timothy will...