Category Archives: Forages

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 →

2012 Smith County 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 2012 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 28 years. This year’s Hay Show results, auction and Howdy Neighbor Barbecue will be held Monday, September 24… Read More →

Johnsongrass or Vaseygrass?

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County   Johnsongrass or Vaseygrass   Do you have Johnsongrass in your pasture or hayfield?  Do you know the difference between Johnsongrass and other tall perennial grass species in your fields like Vasey grass? Johnsongrass is originally native to the Mediterranean region and was introduced into the United States in the early 1800’s as a forage species.  Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a tall, perennial grass species that grows in dense clumps or nearly solid stands.  This… Read More →

2012 Smith County Hay Show Rules

2012 TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SMITH COUNTY HAY SHOW RULES   1.        Hay can be entered August 23th or August 24th at one of the following locations: Tyler…………………………………Al H. Horaney’s, Inc. Winfield Solutions Rose Country Equipment Stampede Feed & Ag. Supply Ag-Power, Inc. Lindale………………………………Fleming Farm Supply Noonday…………………………….Feed Store Whitehouse………………………..Whitehouse Farm & Ranch Troup………………………………..Steele’s Feed & Seed Bullard………………………………Circle C Farm & Ranch Official entry cards must be attached to each entry and will be available at each location listed above, as well as, the Natural Resources Conservation Service office, 4209 Republic… Read More →

Quality Hay

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Producing Quality Hay Many producers this year have harvested their first cutting of hay.  Hopefully with adequate rainfall, additional cuttings of hay are made this year.  Is your goal is to produce or purchase high quality hay for your livestock?  When producing hay, what determines quality hay? When evaluating hay for beef cattle many components should be considered. Crude protein (CP), TDN is total digestible nutrients, mineral concentration, palatability, and factors related to storage losses… Read More →