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Hay Baling Is Underway Throughout the Crossroads

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 During the week of June 19th, the Crossroads saw on average between six to ten inches of rain. With those rains and normal daytime thunderstorms, the green grass allowed ranchers to bale hay. 

Hay is cut from summer to fall. The first cut of hay is completed by the end of June into the first week of July. The recent rains in mid June led to a large supply of grass. "The growth of grass was mostly due to the untimely rains. We are a little bit late," said Goliad County Extension Agent Brian Yanta.

The farmers and ranchers who irrigate their land was able to cut hay earlier than the ones who rely on mother nature. "Some farmers and ranchers was able to put hay up earlier in June because they have an irrigation system," said Yanta. The hay will be stored for the livestock during the winter months. "The hay is stored during the dormant season because the grass will not be green again," said Yanta. 

The hay is primarily made up of Coastal Bermuda grass. Although the hay is primarily used for livestock, some ranchers will sell their hay commercially. Goliad County Extension Agent Brian Yanta tells me that ranchers will probe their hay to test the quality of it. "I am actually testing the protein content in these bales. I can tell the seller what the protein content is because the higher the protein the higher the quality of the hay," said Yanta. 

With this recent cut, Yanta will sell his 128 bales of hay for seventy five dollars a piece.

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