The annual Smith County Hay Show is fast approaching. This year marks the 35th anniversary for this event. A copy of the rules for the 2019 show can be found on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County Office website at smith.agrilife.org under the Smith County Hay Show tab. This year’s hay show will take place Sept. 23 in Harvey Hall.
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 $7.00 a 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 and 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 be able to correlate your samples to the results we send you in the mail. We recommend that you submit samples from each field each time the hay 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 Aug. 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.