Middle Park Conservation District tests hay core samples | SkyHiNews.com

Middle Park Conservation District tests hay core samples

The Middle Park Conservation District is inviting hay producers to bring in core samples from their bales to be analyzed.

Hay analysis can be a valuable tool in managing hay fields and pastures. Depending on results, the producer may want to change the time of cutting, change fertilization, plant clover or alfalfa, or feed different classes and ages of livestock with different qualities and types of hay, and manage irrigation water differently so it suits the grass species in the meadow.

Producers can bring in as many samples as they like; for example, from differently timed cuts, different meadows or different fertilization practices. The District will send off samples and then mail the results to the producer. A $15 fee is required for each sample.

In return the District will mail the samples to Weld Labs for analysis. The District has a hay corer that producers can borrow and return when finished. Samples will be accepted any time until Sept.15. An explanation of results will be provided. Call 724-3456 to arrange to pick up the hay corer.

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