Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 29, 2013

Making hay while the sun shines

Time to get crop tested is now

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — With September in full view ahead, the importance of crop planning – especially those Cherokee County hay-producing stalwarts – comes to mind.

Certain cyclical questions, therefore, arise – as they normally do this time of year. For instance, “Is there enough hay to last the winter?” is an oldie but goodie, as is, “Is that hay even of the right quality?”

The quality of all hay, of course, determines if livestock will make it through the winter in the first place, according to a news release from Cherokee County Extension Agent Aaron Low.

The answer to these problems could be as simple as a visit to the Oct. 22 Cherokee County Hay Show and its free hay testing, Low wrote in the release.

“You will be provided with a detailed analysis of your hay crop,” Low wrote. “Hay samples must be produced in Cherokee County. Testing results will be given during the Annual Hay Show And Sale held October 22 and at the Cherokee County Exposition Center in Jacksonville.”

During this event, a BBQ dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the auction following at 7 p.m. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion hay along with the blue ribbon hay are expected to be auctioned.

All proceeds go to benefit Cherokee County youngsters and should be used to support a scholarship program, youth programs associated with the Soil Conservation District and the Cherokee County Show Barn.

Hay entry “drop-off” locations include the Extension Office in Rusk, Alto Feed in Alto, Farm and Ranch Feed in Jacksonville, Southland Feed in Jacksonville, Steele’s Feed and Seed in Troup and Tri-County Sale Barn in New Summerfield.

The deadline for entering hay samples is Sept. 14.

To inquire, contact Low at the Extension Office at 903-683-5416.