Spring Hay Production

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

“No question, getting the kind of rain today we’re getting as a matter of fact. It’s been outstanding. We’re off to a good start.”

Mike Kristynik is a hay producer and says that after two years of back-to-back droughts, subsoil moisture was minimal.

“The main thing was we got some rain this winter, so that’s helped in our deep moisture situation. The showers that we were getting the last couple of years just helped with the surface moisture, but there wasn’t enough deep moisture to keep the grass growing and sustained.”

Last spring only a fraction of normal yields of hay were made. What a difference a year makes.

“Now that we’ve got fertilizer on the ground, we’re getting that rained in, and so I’m hoping that we’ve got our winter grass crop made, and then also our first cutting made.”

Kristynik is optimistic.

“If we keep getting some good inch or two rains in a timely manner, I think we’ll make a second cutting as well in June, and hopefully we’ll keep growing some grass in the summer.”

As far as forage is concerned, this will be a make or break year for many cow/calf operations.

“I’m getting calls from folks that not only want to get hay booked, but also from folks that have grass they want cut. They know I have equipment, so they’re asking if I’d be interested in cutting it for them as well, so I think everybody’s going to be in that mode this year, trying to make as much hay as they can to catch up.”

After all, our beef supply is a by-product of grass farming. I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.

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