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Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers

After a harrowing drought and a wet spring, Wyoming’s hay inventory is down and prices are holding steady.

Still, the forage market is a fickle industry, says Wyoming Business Council Crop and Forage Program Manager Donn Randall. He says hay values are not standardized the way other commodities are.

“It’s so subjective to the buyer’s preference,” Randall says. “Horse people, they want it green and leafy, and you know, dairy people, they have to have relatively high feed values.”

Randall says that to be successful in the forage business, a grower has to develop relationships with buyers and consistently offer a good product.

The Business Council, the University of Wyoming, and other ag professionals will be leading a Forage Field Day in Lingle on June 27.  Participants will learn about forage economics, nutrition, irrigation and machinery.

More information is available at the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension website: http://www.wyomingextension.org/news/2013/06/06/wyoming-forage-field-day-june-27-near-lingle/

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