Category Archives: Forages

Burning Bale.. Watch for Wet or Green Hay

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County The Burning Hay Bale It is funny how a year can change things. Last year, we were trying to get all the hay we could during a drought when forages and yields just were not there.  One problem this year is getting hay to cure properly. With thick ryegrass/clover hay cuttings this spring, wet or green hay can easily result. Many people cut and bale hay for themselves or for others in preparation of our… Read More →

East Texas Love/Hate Relationship with Bahiagrass

News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Bahiagrass There is a forage species utilized in East Texas that people either have a love or hate relationship with.  That forage species is Bahiagrass.  When I say a love or hate relationship, there are those that either love bahiagrass in their pastures or those that hate bahiagrass in their pastures. Most people recognize bahiagrass due to the “V-shaped” seed head it produces.  It can be a prolific seed producer.  When allowed to grow tall, it can be… Read More →

Legumes Management

News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Clover Management   Nitrogen is the most limiting nutrient for plant growth.  Many producers around East Texas utilize legumes to help provide a source of nitrogen to the perennial grass species they want to grow.  We plant legumes in the fall but manage them come springtime as we graze and utilize them in our forage systems. Legumes are a family of plants that have the additional attribute of being able to remove nitrogen gas from the air.  Once… Read More →

Bermudagrass…Will I need to Re-Plant?

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Will I Need to Replant My Pastures?                 Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is a warm-season perennial forage that over the years has become the basis of many forage systems across the southern United States.  It is well adapted to our climate and grows well under a wide array of soil types and conditions.  Bermudagrass has been part of agriculture of the Southern United States for over 250 years. Bermudagrass is native to southeast Asia.  Bermudagrass produces well but… Read More →

New East Texas Forage Calendar

Calendar_flyer_v2 New East Texas Forage Calendar This calendar is not year specific and can be used over and over again. To Order: