Time is quickly approaching for Smith County forage producers to enter samples in the 2012 hay show held in conjunction with the East Texas State Fair.
For your $3 sample, you will receive a placing ribbon for your hay (blue, red or white), recognition at the hay auction if you have hay that places as one of the top 25 bales, and the nutritional information (crude protein and digestibility) for your hay sample. Submitting hay for the show also earns an invitation to the free hay show wrap-up event in October at Traditions Restaurant in Tyler.
Hay produced in Smith County, or hay grown by a producer who lives in Smith County, is eligible for entry. A hay entry consists of one square bale of hay from a cutting, or one feed sack full of hay (if the hay from a cutting is rolled into round bales).
Producers who submit more than one hay sample for testing are encouraged to write somewhere on the entry tag (other than in the space marked entry number); a code such as cutting number, field name or something else that will help them be able to correlate their samples back to the results that will be mailed to them following the hay show and sale. It is recommended that producers submit samples from each hay field each time it is cut.
Entry dates for this year's show are Aug. 23 and 24. Hay can be dropped at one of the following locations: Bullard - Circle C Farm & Ranch; Lindale - Fleming Farm Supply; Noonday - Noonday Feed Store; Troup - Steele's Feed & Seed; Tyler - Al H. Horaney's, Inc.; Winfield Solutions; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Rose Country Equipment; Smith County Extension Office; Stampede Feed & Ag Supply; Ag Power, Inc.; and Whitehouse - Whitehouse Farm & Ranch.
For a complete set of rules, call the Smith County Extension office at 903-590-2980 or visit http://agrilife.org/smithcountyagriculture.
Information from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is available to people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.