Our renovated hay ground in the bottom yielded some excellent hay consisting of 60% alfalfa, 30% orchard grass, and 10% novel endophyte fescue.
This BarOptima renovated hay field always produces a quality crop of hay.
This 30 acre bottom produced 108 roll bales, which is 3.6 bales per acre.
We filled the first hoop barn with 216 rolls and then started filling the second, larger hoop barn.
We have started the renovation at the bull burn, which will include new flooring, pens, water troughs, and hay feeders.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Forage Testing Program provides nutritional value information for Kentucky producers!
Forage testing enables producers to determine the fair market value of their forages and compare the quality of their forage from year to year. Whether raising forages to sell or to feed, forage testing can help producers minimize cost and maximize production.
This service is eligible for Kentucky producers only. If you grow hay in Kentucky or buy hay and live in Kentucky, you qualify for this service!
The testing service cost is $10 per sample. The producer receives an analysis report of the forage's nutritional value and an "Interpreting Forage Quality Report" guide.
Contact your local County Extension Agent for help with pulling samples and shipping them to KDA for analysis.
To ensure that samples are properly collected, KDA recommends producers and County Extension Agents complete a free, one-hour course provided by the National Forage Testing Association (NFTA). This training can be accessed online at foragetesting.org, by click on the "Certification" tab.
For full information and materials for KDA's Forage Testing, click the button below