Producing Fuel for the Food of the World

The WSHGA is committed to enhancing and growing the hay and forage industry with research, support, and education about growing and marketing forage products.


The WSHGA has a variety of position statements on issues facing the hay and forage industry. The Washington State Hay Growers Association also partners with Washington State University to conduct alfalfa variety trials that help to identify seeds that work best in the region.

Mobile Struvite Research Project

Dr. Steve Norberg, Washington State University is conducting research regarding the use of struvite, extracted phosphorus from liquid dairy manure, in hay production in comparison to the use of traditional MAP fertilizer. The goal of this project is to identify if struvite is a viable option for dairies to have produced on their farm from their liquid manure and if struvite is a more consistent P source for hay growers.


Final Write-Up

Find below the final two page write up on the research conducted over the last three years of on-farm trials with a brief synopsis on the overall scope of the research and how the study was conducted.

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Final Report for the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance - Full Study

Find below the full write-up that was presented to the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance in accordance with the grant funding.

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Ten Points for Producing Hay

Hay production takes a lot of work and patience in order to create a quality product.

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Spontaneous Combustion in Hay Stacks

Hay fires can happen at any time but are easily preventable if the proper steps are taken during the baling and storage process.

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Export Stand on Roundup Ready Alfalfa

The export market for alfalfa is a large part of the economy, not only in the state of Washington, but throughout the entire West Coast. Many of our exporters located in the state weighed in on the subject of Roundup Ready alfalfa and their effect in the export market.

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Issues with GMO Alfalfa in the Marketplace

With the introduction of GMO alfalfa seed, many exporters and growers showed concern about how weed resistant alfalfa might dramatically harm the export market.

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Herbicide Use on Timothy

Herbicide use on timothy has been limited and the WSDA urges growers to read the label on each herbicide to ensure that timothy is listed on the label and the directions allow cutting for hay.

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WSHGA Stand on Roundup Ready Alfalfa

The WSHGA supports the advancement of technology and science to keep agriculture viable and productive.

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The Importance of Alfalfa and Alfalfa Variety Testing

The WSHGA has forged a partnership with Washington State University Extension to test alfalfa seeds to identify varieties that will produce best in the Columbia Basin.

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Nutrient Management Guide for Dryland and Irrigated Alfalfa in the Inland Northwest

Nutrient management is necessary to produce high-yielding, high-quality alfalfa while also preserving soil, air, and water quality.

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2009 Cost of Producing Alfalfa Hay under Center Pivot Irrigation in the Columbia Basin of Washington State

Crops throughout the Columbia Basin depend on water pumped from behind the Grand Coulee Dam through center pivot irrigation.

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