Category Archives: Forages

Livestock Cold Weather Stewardship

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Cold Weather Livestock Stewardship   Cold weather can be stressful to our livestock just as it can be to us.  Cold weather livestock stewardship is something farmers and ranchers spend a great deal of time on this time of year.  Farmers and ranchers do not get a day off work just because it is icy or there is snow on the ground. Livestock require energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins in their diets.  Many factors affect… Read More →

Armyworms

 Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Armyworms   Did you know a single armyworm moth can lay up to 2,000 eggs?  Eggs are laid in the field in masses of up to 50 eggs on the grass leaves and can be difficult to find.  Eggs are covered with grey scales from the moth’s body giving the mass a fuzzy appearance.  The eggs begin to hatch in 2-3 days. Armyworm caterpillars can be identified by examining the front of the head capsule…. Read More →

Hay Show Entries Sought

Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Smith County Hay Show Entries Sought Time is quickly approaching for Smith County forage producers to enter samples into the 2013 hay show that is held in conjunction with the East Texas State Fair.  Producers and youth benefit from this event which has been the focus of the fair’s Howdy Neighbor Barbecue for the past 29 years. This year’s Hay Show results, auction and Howdy Neighbor Barbecue will be held Monday, September 23 at the… Read More →

29th Annual Smith County Hay Show Rules

2013 hay show rules (2) Please click on the Hay Show Rules link directly above to access the rules for the 2013 Smith County Hay Show.

Soil Sampling Campaign

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Soil Testing Campaign Underway  Soil is basic to all agricultural ventures including the home lawn, farming, raising livestock, and the home garden.  Knowing what your soil condition is in can help save you money while provide adequate nutrients at the correct amounts to our plants.  Soil types vary around East Texas with many soils being acidic.  The only true way to determine your soil condition is to perform a soil test. A soil test typically… Read More →