Friday, April 04, 2014

Hay Production Tour and Dinner in Taney County April 17; Registration for Event Needed by April 14

Contact: Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Stone County
Tel: (417) 357-6812

FORSYTH, Mo. –A “Hay in the Ozarks” tour is scheduled near Taneyville on April 17 according to Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The Taney County Extension Center and Branson Bank are partnering to offer a program and tour starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th at the Joe Smith farms near Taneyville, northeastern Taney County, Mo.

The program will focus on the costs of making hay, making quality hay, hayfield improvement, hay barn feasibility and construction, getting a handle on hay losses and making haylage.  The Smith family harvests hundreds of bales of grass hay each year and have numerous hay fields and hay barns that will be a backdrop for this discussion on hay production.

“We will also have on-hand a tube liner for a discussion on the procedure of making haylage using the forages,” said Schnakenberg.  “Representatives from Larson Farm and Lawn will be available to discuss how use a tube-liner.”

Schnakenberg will be joined at the event by two other University of Missouri Extension specialists that are very knowledgable in hay production: Stacy Hambelton, ag business and Bob Schultheis, natural resources engineering.

To get to the tour site, go to the Joe Smith Farm at 945 Smith Rd.   From Taneyville, Mo, take Hwy. AA north 4.4 miles to the Swan community.  Turn right past Swan Creek onto Shipman Rd. and go 0.4 mile to Smith Rd. on the right.  Go south on Smith Rd. 0.8 mile to farm.  Watch for signs at the farm.

A dinner will begin after the tour (at about 6:30 p.m.) at Taneyville Schools and is hosted by Branson Bank. Participants should pre-register by April 14 by calling Susie Mefford at Branson Bank (417) 546-6790 or email her at

Contact the Taney County Extension Center at (417) 546-4431 for more information regarding content of the program.


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