Hay is West Virginia's number one crop and is estimated to provide 2% of the total agriculture receipts for the state. The quality of hay that is fed to livestock is significant when it may be the only feed sources that is sustaining them through winter. After the recent harsh winter many livestock producers found that their hay quality was inadequate to sustain livestock through the winter, and had to offer supplemental feeds.

WVU Extension Service will be hosting a North Central WV Hay Field Day on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Steve Cronin's Farm, Jane Lew, WV to assist and demonstrate to producers' proper techniques and choices to make a higher quality dry forage or baleage for their livestock.

The field day will cover the following educational topics in the morning: Making High Quality Baleage, Effects of Fertility, Hay Storage Options, and Weed Control. After lunch, the afternoon will feature a demonstration of hay making equipment from local dealers. The following dealers will be present: Middletown Tractor Sales, Nettles Equipment, and PARCS.

The field day is free to attend thanks to the following event sponsors: Tygart Valley and West Fork Conservation Districts and Farm Credit of Virginias providing lunch.

Please RSVP to WVU Extension Service-Gilmer County, at 304-462-7061, or WVU Extension Service- Lewis County. 304-269-4660, by May 12, 2014.

Directions to Steven Cronin's Farm, take Jane Lew exit (Exit 105) off of I-79. If you are north bound, go right off the ramp. If you are south bound, go left off the ramp (away from the town of Jane Lew). Stay on this road and take the first county road to the right, Life's Run Road. After turning on Life's Run, the Cronin farm will be the first right.

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