“A lot of our horse hay that we produced through the summer was consumed through the summer because most of the horse folks kept feeding from the winter all the way through the summer into the fall.”
The one absolutely imperative ingredient for growing grass is water.
“I would say most folks are trying to harvest their rye grass right now, and looks like most of it’s averaging about three quarter a round bale to a bale and a half to the acre. It should be three, three and a quarter rolls to the acre.”
We’re at the beginning of the growing season, but the need for immediate rain is critical.
“We’ve been fortunate to get a little rain and stock water in this area here through the winter months, but right now soil conditions are getting marginal, our sub-surface moisture is very low. Top moisture in some areas of the county is fair right now. Without a rain in the next week or 10 days we’ll be right back in the severe area with the bulk of the state.”
Randy Britten hadn’t brokered any hay since 1996.
“We started looking for outsource supplies of hay. We located a few round bales that carried us for a while. After we ran out of that we shad to start bringing in large square bales, as many as 12 different states through the winter just to supply our local customers, the cow folks and the horse enthusiasts as well.”
Without rain, the absence of pasture grasses and hay production will begin having a serious impact on the cattle and horse industries in Texas.