KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — The 2020 Floyd Smith Hay Show has been canceled due to COVID-19, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Kaufman.
The Kaufman County Livestock and Forage Committee will, however, continue to collect and send personal results on hay samples turned in prior to an extended deadline of November 6, 2020.
"We have put off making a decision on the having the annual Floyd Smith Hay Show in 2020 as long as we possibly can," read an email to Kaufman County Ag Producers on Wednesday. "With a very heavy heart, your county Livestock and Forage Committee has decided to cancel this year’s hay show."
"This agricultural program has been ongoing for nearly 50 years and this decision was not made lightly," continued the email. "The health and safety of our citizens has to be priority one, combined with unknown governmental precautions in response to the virus, has caused the committee to make this decision."
Committee members agreed they wanted to do something to help Kaufman County hay producers and are continuing to pay to have producers hay sampled.
The deadline to received hay samples has been extended to November 6, 2020, and sample bags will be available at the AgriLife Extension office located at 2471 North State Highway 34 in Kaufman, Cordell’s Feed Store in Kaufman, Poetry Tack & Ag in Poetry, T-Bar-T Farm Supply in Kaufman, M & J Feed in Kemp, and the Mabank Feed Store in Mabank.
"Directions for taking a feed sample will be stapled to each bag, as well as a contact card with your name, address, and type of hay sample," stated the email. "It will be extremely important that you fill the card out completely this year, as this will be the only way we can identify your sample. If you do not fill it out completely we cannot guarantee your results."
Producers will also need to select a category for which there sample is among. They hay categories are as follows: 1-Coastal Bermuda, 2-Other Bermuda’s, 3-Other Perennial’s, 4-Mixed Grass, 5-Summer Annuals, 6-Winter Annuals, 7-Legumes.
The basics of pulling your sample, according to the email, are as follows:
Large Round bales: We do have a hay probe in the office that you can check out. If you do this, it will need to come back quickly so everyone has a chance to use it. To take a sample without the probe, try to get hay from the middle of a bale as closely as possible. The bags are paper sandwich bags. So once you have pulled a handful of hay from the middle of the bale, fold and put in the paper bag. Try not to tear it. Fold the top over and that’s it.
Small Square bales: Break a bale open and take a handful of hay from the middle of the bale. This will give you the best chance of a good sample. Put in the paper bag. Fold the top. Take it to one of the drop off stations.