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News Release 2005 FANNIN COUNTY HAY SHOW AND FORAGE TOUR The Fannin Extension Beef & Forage Committee, Fannin Soil & Water Conservation District, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fannin County Texas Cooperative Extension will again this year be sponsoring the Fannin County Hay Show and tour on October 18, 2005 at the Fannin County Extension Office. We plan to have several events and programs on the day of the show for area hay producers, farmers, and ranchers. The events planned will include a forage tour, hay judging contest, and lecture programs dealing with forage and hay production. As in past years, there will be five classes: legumes; summer annuals; Bermudas; small grains, ryegrass, and winter annuals; and others. We encourage all hay producers in Fannin County to enter their hay in the show. Protein analysis will be run on each sample by the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. There will be no cost for the analysis to the producer. Limit of ten samples per person. All hay show entries along with entry forms must be submitted by September 16th at one of the following locations: Genetic Seed & Chemical Hwy 78 N, Bonham Helena Chemical Company Honey Grove Watson Brothers Inc Leonard Brad Jones Ranch Telephone Fannin County Extension Office South Annex, 210 S. Main, Bonham All hay must be produced in Fannin County this year. A sample will consist of one square bale or a sacked 18” x 18” x 6” section from a round bale. Judging of the samples will be held and first place samples in each category will be displayed October 24th at the Bonham Stockyards. Hay samples will be judged on forage analysis and by Jeff Tietz, the Hay and Forage Manager for the Allen Ritchey Dairy. Two CEU’s for private applicators will be offered for attending the Hay Show on October 18th. The cost for attending will be $10.00 for adults, $1.00 for 4-H or FFA Students, which will include a meal and all handout materials. For the forage tour, we will meet at the South Annex for registration beginning at 2:15. The bus will leave the South Annex at 2:30 to begin the tour and will return at 6:00 for dinner. We plan to see Native Grasses and B-Dahl Old World Bluestem at the Tim Ayers Ranch, Max Q Fescue and Alamo Switchgrass at the Larry Smith Ranch, and Tifton 85 Hybrid Bermudagrass at the Jerry Chambers Farm. Judge and speaker Jeff Tietz will begin his presentation at 6:30. Please RSVP by October 14th to the NRCS office at 903-583-9513, ext. 3 or to the Fannin County Texas Cooperative Extension at 903-583-7453. Pre-registration is required. If you have any questions about submitting samples or the actual hay show or program, please contact Chris Schraeder, County Extension Agent, AG/NR at 903-583- 7453.
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