Division

Alfalfa Hay

Alfalfa Hay

Alfalfa is a perennial crop that is produced year-round in the Imperial Valley. The volume and quality produced is dependent upon weather conditions. The major harvest season for alfalfa begins in March and is completed in October once the temperatures begin to cool down. Typically, premium alfalfa is produced between March and June, then again in October and November. Alfalfa is one of the most nutrient rich feeds used in agriculture. It is primarily used to feed dairy cattle because of its high protein content and highly digestible fiber.

Bermuda Hay

Bermuda

Bermuda was originally grown as a seed crop in the Imperial Valley. Over the past several years it has become increasingly more popular as a feeding option for cattle and horses in both the domestic and export markets. Bermuda is a perennial crop that thrives in warmer weather and is harvested between April and November.

Bermuda Straw

Bermuda Straw

Farmers in the Imperial Valley have two harvesting options relating to Bermuda: seed production or hay production. For those that chose to produce seed, Bermuda Straw is the byproduct remaining after the seed harvest is completed. The majority of this product is produced in mid summer, while a small portion is available in late autumn. Bermuda straw is sold both domestically and internationally to feed dry cows or beef cattle.

Klein

Klein

Klein is a relatively newer feed compared to other grass hay. It is mainly distributed in the export market, primarily for dry dairy cows and beef cattle. Klein is a warm season perennial crop that is harvested beginning in April and ending in November.

Sudan

Sudan

Sudan grass is an annual crop that is a great source of fiber. A typical Sudan crop consists of one to three cuttings depending upon market conditions and field rotation. Sudan is viewed as a secondary crop, usually following vegetables or wheat. It is harvested from late May through November depending upon weather and market conditions.