Area Hay Concerns

Area farmers continue to be concerned over the drought's effects and they now say it's causing them to cut into their hay supply.

Garnett Owens has 75 to 80 head of cattle.

He rotates the fields they graze in, but since the grass is growing back at a slower pace, because of the dry conditions, there's still a problem.

Dry grass is leading many farmers to cut into their winter hay supply.

Owens experiments with different techniques that may help the grass grow as the weather fluctuates. Last year he planted a warm season grass called Gamma Grass.

"It'll grow well during hot weather and it'll grow really well during dry weather because of its deep root system," Owens said.

While the Gamma Grass is somewhat thriving, Owens said the more common grass needs around an inch of rain a week to stay healthy.

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