Second hay production workshop set May 11 at Overton

Making hay in Cooke County, Texas

Having better quality hay means producers could drastically cut or even eliminate supplemental feed costs, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service forage specialists. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Wayne Becker)

By popular demand, AgriLife specialists give encore training

OVERTON – More producers wanted to sign up for an April 27 training on producing and purchasing quality hay than could be accommodated, so Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialists are doing an encore performance.

On May 11, AgriLife Extension will offer another full day of training on hay production and purchasing that “producers are not going to find anywhere else,” said Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist and one of the program presenters.

The workshop will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, which is about 15 miles east of Tyler.

The reasons for the training being so much in demand remain the same, said Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef specialist and another program presenter. East Texas hay stocks remain low after the 2011 drought, making production efficiency ever more important.

Though the workshop is largely about the finer points of producing better quality hay, there will also be guidelines given on purchasing hay, “as many producers choose to purchase hay as part of their management plan,” he said.

“We’ll also have information on how bale size and density affect transportation and feeding costs and give a rough idea of what they should be paying for shipping,” she said.

Having better quality hay means producers could drastically cut or even eliminate supplemental feed costs, Corriher noted.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m.
Two continuing education units will be offered to Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide license holders, one in the general category and one in integrated pest management.
Registration is $60 and limited to the first 50 people and is available online. Go to and enter “hay” as the keyword.
Presentation topics before and after a catered lunch and refreshment breaks will include:

  • “Forage species differences: yield potential, cutting time, bale making characteristic, and forage quality,” Corriher.

  • “Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture soil survey data to select hay storage site locations,” Banta.

  • “Establishment of annual forages: Management and fertilization of annual and perennial forages,” Corriher.

  • “Understanding forage quality and hay testing factors affecting forage quality,” Banta.

  • “Weed control,” Corriher.

  • “Bale size and density: pricing and cost per unit of nutrient considerations,” Banta.

  • “Storage and feeding,” Banta.

For more information, contact Michelle Sensing at 903-834-6191 or

Driving directions to the Overton center can be found at

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