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Feed & Seed series discusses winter forage options

by Logan Vaughan

The Northeast Texas Farmers’ Co-Op held its annual fall Seed and Feed educational series on Sept. 2, 2021 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Speakers Donnie Peters and Jim Ratzlaff presented on benefits of fertilizer, regulations regarding animal vaccines, density and type of winter forage seed available and more. Peters and Ratzlaff also took audience questions.

According to Ratzlaff, because of a late harvest and a lower-quality hay crop in 2021, farmers and ranchers will need to supplement forage and feed this winter.

“My first cut on hay was the fifth of August, and that’s some very mature rye grass,” Ratzlaff noted. This signifies that hay will be low protein and low energy, so agriculturalists can expect to supplement to meet protein and caloric needs.

Ratzlaff and Peters are available at NETFC to consult regarding animal nutritional needs and fertilizer for crops.

AVAILABLE SEED FOR WINTER PASTURE OPTIONS

Ryegrass
TAMTBO
Marshall
Triangle T
Marvel

Cereal grains
Elbon rye
Wheat
Oats

Clovers
Blackhawk
Crimson
White cloud
Ball clover
Durana clover

Brassicas
Florida mustard
Turnips
Collard greens
Max Q fescue

OTHER AVAILABLE FEED PRODUCTS
Roll of hay, 1250 pounds each
Ranch hand cubes
Cottonseed cubes

If you missed the Sulphur Springs seminar, there are additional feed and seed seminars approaching.

Times and dates for seminars are as follows:

  • Sept. 9- Fletcher Warren Civic Center (Greenville)
  • Sept. 14- NETFC Canton Farm & Ranch Center (Canton)
  • Sept. 16- NETFC Clarksville Farm & Ranch Center (Clarksville)

To register or find out more information, call 903-885-3143.

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