Samples are now being accepted for the McLennan County Hay Show on August 22nd

Samples are now being accepted for the McLennan County Hay Show on August 22ndSamples are now being accepted for the McLennan County Hay Show on August 22nd
Producers in McLennan County can submit hay samples for the McLennan County Hay Show on Aug. 22 at nine locations throughout the county from July 8-24. (Sam Craft/Texas A&M AgriLife)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in McLennan County will accept hay samples at nine locations July 8-24 for analysis and evaluation during the annual McLennan County Hay Show on August 22.

There is a $5 fee for samples requiring near infrared analysis, such as bermuda grass, prairie grass, bahia grass, and legumes. There is a $15 fee for other samples. Checks must be made out to “Ag Program Account.”

Each sample submitted must be accompanied by documentation and checks. Lab results are returned to the AgriLife Extension office for review and then mailed to the sample owners.

Places to submit hay samples

Feed samples and feed controls can be submitted at the following locations:

  • McLennan County AgriLife Extension office, 4224 Cobbs Drive, Waco.
  • Watson Feed Store, 308 E. Texas Ave., Mart.
  • Buzbee Feed and Seed, 1701 S. Loop 340, Waco.
  • McGregor General Store, 1200 E. McGregor Drive, McGregor.
  • Brazos Feed and Supply, 1505 La Salle Ave., Waco.
  • Miller Hay and Feed, 14932 Interstate Highway 35, Elm Mott.
  • West Feeds, 107 S. Roberts St., West.
  • China Spring Country Store, 9030 China Spring Road, China Spring.
  • Bar None Country Store, 7991 N. State Highway 6, Speegleville.

Samples from round bales should not be taken from the outer 4-6 inches and samples from square bales should be taken from the center of the bale. Participants must fill one half of a feed bag with the sample and write their name, sample location and grass type on the bag.

McLennan County Hay Show 2024

The hay show will be held at 5:30 p.m. on August 29 at Timbercrest Baptist Church, 1625 Crow St., in Waco. On-site registration and a barbecue dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the educational program will follow at 6 p.m.

Admission to the show is $20 and individuals can register by calling 254-757-5180. The registration deadline is August 16. There will be a general continuing education session from the Texas Department of Agriculture for private pesticide application license holders.

The awards for “Best in Show” are given in the following categories:

  • Bermuda grass.
  • C-4 perennials, which include switchgrass, prairie beardgrass, Indiangrass, bahiagrass and dallisgrass.
  • C-3 grasses, including wheat, oats, rye, barley, triticale and annual ryegrass.
  • Legumes.

For more information, contact the McLennan County AgriLife Extension Office at 254-757-5180.

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