Scattered storms no help for county hay producers

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The East Texas region received some scattered thunderstorms during the past week, but most completely missed a sizable percentage of forage and hay producing counties in the district, according to information from the Texas A&M AgriLife service.

With hay production almost non-existent in Smith County, growers continued their search for hay from other states, along with growers from Cherokee, Henderson and Marion counties.

Ponds and creeks continued to go dry, which caused more problems for livestock producers in all counties.

Smith County reported producers continued to cull herds because of drought conditions. Gregg County reported cattle prices were lower per hundredweight across the board.

Wild pigs continued to cause damage in Henderson and Wood counties. Armyworms continued to plague pastures and yards despite spraying in Smith and Angelina counties. Fly numbers were high in Henderson County.

Sabine County reported temperatures in the low-to-mid-90s tempered by partly cloudy skies, which slowed down moisture loss. Pasture and rangeland conditions were good in Jasper county, fair in Houston, Polk, Sabine and Gregg counties, and all other counties reported very poor conditions.

Houston County received much-needed rain throughout the county and could support a third cutting of hay.

Jasper County reported excess rain and inability to get into pastures. Cherokee, Henderson, Marion and Smith counties reported hay production was almost non-existent and the search continued for hay from other states. Subsoil conditions were adequate in Sabine, Jasper and Gregg counties, and all other counties reported very short conditions.

Topsoil conditions were adequate in Henderson, Sabine and Jasper counties, while all others reported very short conditions.

Producers in Cherokee, Marion and Smith counties reported supplementation for livestock.

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