Forages for hay production continue to rank at the top in terms of agriculture income for crops in Wise County, but fuel and fertilizer costs don’t seem to be coming down anytime soon.
Therefore, it’s more important to put up a high quality bale of hay in order to make each trip across the field count.
These factors went into planning the Wise County hay show and hay production clinic Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Dr. Larry Redmon, state forage specialist, will be the speaker and official of the hay show.
He will discuss overall results of forage quality and forage management, and specialists from John Deere and Ford New Holland will discuss and demonstrate operator techniques with new equipment and how that affects bale quality of the forage you’re growing.
There’s no cost to attend, and registration is 9 to 10 a.m. Two continuing education units will be given for pesticide applicator license renewals. Lunch is provided by McMaster and Ag Power.
Following lunch, hay entries will be auctioned to benefit the youth participating in the Wise County Youth Fair.
WISE COUNTY HAY SHOW RULES
All hay producers are encouraged to participate in the Wise County Hay Show.
Official entry forms and hay samples should be turned in Aug. 11-21 to Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. If you need a core sampler to pull your samples, we have one available at the Extension office.
Entry fee is $20 per sample, which includes the lab fee for hay analysis.
Producers may enter a maximum of two entries per category.
- warm season perennial grasses (cuttings)
- cool season annual grasses
- warm season annual grasses
- warm or cool legumes
Hay will be judged and ranked in each category, and hay will be judged by a chemical score as follows:
% crude protein + (100 – % ADF)
Example: 20% crude protein hay with 25% ADF = 20 + (100 – 25) = 95
Hay entered in the Wise County hay show must have been produced in Wise County or by a producer who lives in Wise County.
Hay show results will be announced at the hay program Sept. 4.
We are asking that each producer donate at least one bale (one small square bale or one large round bale) to the Wise County Livestock and Forage Committee to be auctioned during lunch. Proceeds will be donated to the Wise County Youth Fair.
The bales will also be on display throughout the day to enhance the educational program.
The 2014 Ranchers Gathering is Thursday, Aug. 14, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The trade show, featuring more than 20 agriculture-related businesses, will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6 p.m. Registration is $10 and enters you in the drawing for door prizes.
Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Vernon will talk about “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.”
The major topics will include:
- PRF Insurance (some know it as the Rainfall Insurance)
- PRF-Annual Forage, This program is targeted to annual forage growers who have small grain pastures and/or haygrazer production.
- Livestock Forage Disaster Program
This year’s event is sponsored by the Wise County Extension Livestock and Forage Committee. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 12. To sign up, come by the Wise County Extension office at 206 S. State St. Make checks payable to the Extension Livestock Committee.
Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.