Growing better quality hay and pasture grass is a major goal of all hay and livestock producers.
Starting with a soil test is the most important step to determining the amount of fertilizer needed each year. Producers should consider soil testing as an investment in this year’s hay and pasture, because the correct amounts and timing of fertilization can greatly enhance hay quality and growth.
The month of November has been set as the time for all Austin County landowners to participate in the soil testing campaign for this year’s hay meadows and pastureland. Soil samples submitted during that time frame will be $8 for a routine analysis and $15 for a routine analysis including micro-nutrients.
Samples may be turned in to one of the following locations around Austin County: Bellville - Harrison’s Farm Service and Linseisen’s Feed; Sealy - Steinhauser’s; Industry - Lindemann’s Store; or to the Extension Office at its new location at 800 E. Wendt Street, Bellville. Soil sample bags, special information sheets and directions for sampling are available at each of the locations. For more information about soil testing, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Austin County at 979-865-2072.