STOCKTON, Mo. — “Hay production is important to the Southwest Missouri forage and livestock industry,” says Regional MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis. Whether selling or feeding hay to your livestock, harvesting and baling hay properly at the right time is important for a high quality product. A high quality product will lead to better hay demand or less cattle supplementation during hay feeding.
“Soil fertility and nutrients are impacted by hay production,” say Davis. Understanding this impact is important to make sure soil nutrients removed during the hay making process are replenished for optimum hay production in the future.
“Understanding the economics of hay production, as well as cattle nutrition and hay feeding, is important to farm operation profit potential,” say Davis. Proper economics of hay production, making sure cattle nutrient needs are met, and limiting wastage during the hay making and feeding process will help to improve farm operation profit potential.
To fulfill education needs mentioned above, MU Extension is collaborating with Heartland Tractor, Heritage Tractor, Feldman Crop Insurance Agency, and Four State Ag to provide a three-night regional hay school discussing hay production and how to capture the value of your investment. The school will begin at 6:00 p. m. on the evenings of March 17th, 23rd and 24th at the Vernon County Fairgrounds Centennial Building in Nevada, Mo. MU Extension Agriculture Specialists will provide the education.
Topics will include:
- How and when to produce quality hay
- The economics of hay production
- The agronomic impact on the soil
- Cattle nutrition and hay feeding
The fee for the three-night school is $35 per person. To attend register by contacting the Vernon County MU Extension Center at (417) 448-2560 and mail fee to 100 W. Cherry St., Nevada, Mo., 64772 by March 13th. In addition, you can register online by the deadline at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/2020-regional-hay-school-nevada-mo. Meal will be provided each evening.
For more information on the school, please contact the Vernon County MU Extension Center or Patrick Davis at (417) 276-3313 or by email at email@example.com. You may also find more information on how to improve your grasslands at https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.
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— University of Missouri Extension
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