Free hay testing offered through Sept. 8

by the Cherokee County AgriLife Extension office

A great and easy way to get your hay tested for free is to enter either a square bale or a large trash bag full of hay in the annual Cherokee County Hay Show and Sale.

Growers will be provided with a detailed analysis of your hay crop. Hay sample must be produced in Cherokee County.

Testing results will be given during the annual Hay Show & Sale, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Cherokee County Exposition Center in Jacksonville. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and with the auction starting at 7 p.m.

The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion hay, along with the blue ribbon hay, will be auctioned during this event.

All proceeds of this event will go to benefit the youth of Cherokee County.

The funds raised from the benefit auction will be used to support the scholarship program, which benefits the youth of Cherokee County.

To date $217,000 have been awarded to the youth of Cherokee County through the funds raised at the Cherokee County Hay Show and Auction.

Hay entry drop off locations are at the Extension Office in Rusk; Hicks Farm and Ranch in Alto; Farm and Ranch Feed in Jacksonville; Steele’s Feed and Seed in Troup; and Tri County Livestock Market in New Summerfield.

The deadline for entering hay samples is Sept. 8.
For more information, contact Aaron Low at the Cherokee County Extension Office, (903) 683-5416 or