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Hay Day 2009 is Tuesday

Diane Prather

The composition and timing of hay cutting, organic fertilizers, poisonous plants, weeds, species composition and windrow grazing all are topics that will be covered during Hay Day 2009.

CJ Mucklow, the Routt County director of Colorado State University Extension, said Hay Day has taken place every other year for about 20 years. The towns of Kremmling, Walden and Steamboat Springs take turns hosting the event.

Mucklow said it has been some time since Hay Day has been in Steamboat Springs.

Hay Day 2009 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The morning program will be at Sydney Peak Ranch, 32090 County Road 14, and the afternoon activities will take place at Brenner’s Ranch.

To get to Sydney Peak Ranch from downtown Steamboat Springs, head south (toward Rabbit Ears Pass) on U.S. Highway 40/Lincoln Avenue; from U.S. 40, turn south onto Colorado Highway 131 and turn right onto C.R. 22, traveling over the railroad tracks; then turn left at the T which is C.R. 14, and turn left at the fork, continuing on C.R. 14.

The ranch is on the left. Watch for signs.

A shuttle will be provided between Sydney Peak Ranch and Brenner’s Ranch. Board the bus after lunch in Sydney Peak Ranch’s parking lot.

Following an 8:30 a.m. welcome, seven guest speakers will take turns providing a wealth of information that can be used to improve hay production and quality.

Mark Volt will present “Species Composition.” Then Janice Brands, Jackson County weed supervisor, and Mucklow will talk about weeds and bedstraw.

Organic fertilizer is the topic of a presentation by Jessica Davis, a CSU professor of soil and crop sciences. Attendees will learn about poisonous plants during a talk by Dr. Tony Knight, a CSU professor of clinic sciences.

Joe Brummer, CSU associate professor of soil and crop sciences, will present “Composition and Timing of Hay Cutting,” and the morning will come to a close with a presentation on windrow grazing by Robbie LeValley, Delta County’s extension agent.

At noon, lunch will be served by the Routt County 4-H Exchange Group. The cost for lunch is $5 a person.

The afternoon will be filled with equipment demonstrations at Brenner’s Ranch. Hay Day participants will have a chance to talk with dealers and test the machinery, as well.

For example, Tri-State Equipment from Craig will have John Deere tractors, balers and hay cutting equipment on display. They’ll have some Bobcat Equipment and small compact tractors there, too, though Nate Balstad, of Tri-State Equipment, said the focus will be on haying equipment.

Balstad explained, “We’ll have equipment for all types of producers – from small to round bales and from the large property owner to the production ranch operator.”

There will be equipment to “walk around and see” and ride and drive during demonstrations on the field.

Referring to Hay Day 2009, Mucklow said, “It’s the best hay program in Northwest Colorado.”

If you plan to attend Hay Day 2009, call CJ Mucklow at 870-5244 regarding the number of people who will attend. This is necessary so that the 4-H group can plan for lunch. Leave a message.

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