Clint Perkins

The annual Smith County Hay Show is fast approaching. This year marks the 35th anniversary for this event. A copy of hay show rules can be found on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County Office website at under the Smith County Hay Show tab. This year’s hay show will take place Sept. 23 at Harvey Convention Center.

We can’t have a show without your support. Last year the auction at the East Texas State Fair raised over $29,000 to support scholarships, youth activities and conservation efforts in Tyler and the East Texas area.

The entry fee per hay sample remains at $3 this year, saving you $7 per sample over sending it in for testing on your own. As always, you will receive a placing ribbon, recognition at the hay sale if you have one of the top 25 placing bales, and the nutritional information (crude protein and digestibility) on your hay.

Make sure that if you submit more than one sample for testing that you write somewhere on the entry tag (other than the space marked entry number) a code such as cutting number, field name or something else that will help you correlate your samples to the results we send you in the mail. We recommend that you submit representative samples from each field, each time it is cut.

Please look over the list of entry locations on the enclosed information sheet and turn in your samples on either Aug. 9 or 10. We are counting on you!

If you have any questions, please contact Clint Perkins with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Smith County, 1517 W. Front St., Suite 116, Tyler, 75702; or call 903-590-2980.

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