Hay Field Day at Santa Fe's River Ranch
It's hay season in Alachua County and farmers are learning the latest tricks of the trade.
About 100 people came out to the Santa Fe River Ranch this afternoon for the 15th annual Hay Field Day.
They got a lesson on hay, from the new varieties of grass available, to pest control.
Both UF's Agriculture Institute and the county's extension office hope educating farmers will keep the hay business booming in alachua county.
"Right now agriculture is a growing industry in Alachua County and it's important for them to know the newest techniques and the newest research we have out there from the University of Florida. Not only does it make them more profitable, it helps their bottom line," said Alachua County Extension's Director, Cindy Sanders.
Sanders says Alachua County is third in the state in hay production.
Bahia grass and Bermuda grass are the most popular.
Hay cut during the summer months is rolled up and stored for use in the winter, when pastures experience less growth.
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