Upcoming Hay Production Meeting

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Mowed Hay field                Mowing hay view from tractor seat

Postponed Due to Sickness

We hope that you will consider joining us for Session 2 of the 3rd Annual Winter School conducted by N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yancey County. In this session we will focus on “Considerations for a Successful Hay Harvest in 2023“. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at the Yancey County Senior Center (located at 503 Medical Campus Dr), starting at 6 p.m.  Any hay producer is welcome to attend. In this meeting we will focus on recommended production practices to make hay harvest successful in the upcoming year.

We will discuss fertilizer recommendations given the anticipated prices for fertilizer. We will discuss the best management practices related to hay crop fertilization, weigh the pros and cons on cutting fertilizer applications, and discuss alternative practices that can help cut fertilizer application needs and costs.

We will look at ways to best estimate hay quality, and discuss how to manage hay fields to obtain the best quality. This will include looking at practices for managing weeds in hay fields, timing of harvest to maximize hay quality, and harvest methods such as producing baleage which can also be implemented to increase hay quality.

We will cover the importance of storing hay properly, and we will discuss methods of hay storage that can save both hay quality and value. Additionally, if time allows, we may discuss some alternative forage crops such as annual warm season forages that may be an option for some producers.

Pre-registration for this meeting by Wednesday, February 6 at 5 p.m. is preferred as this will help with meal planning. If you would like more information, or if you would like to register for this meeting, please contact David Davis (david_davis@ncsu.edu) by email or contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center by calling 828-682-6186.