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Page 4A- The News - Friday, May 13, 2016 Replenish nutrients after haying By Rick Hirsch County Extension Agent Special to The Monitor ATHENS-The forage harvested as hay, will remove all nutrients in the grass and there is no recycling. As a result, a hay meadow requires a higher fertility level than pastures. A six-ton hay crop Special to The News FORT WORTH-A $1,500 scholarship was recently awarded to Mala- koff FFA member Hunter Snow by the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo's Calf Scramble Scholar- ship Committee. Snow's parents are Angelia and Ronny Snow. Participation in the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show Calf Scramblae program made Snow eligible for the scholarship program. Fifty-four youth shared in $226,000 in Calf Scramble scholarship dollars. Snow's scholarship was the result of the hard work and dedication necessary to complete the rigorous Calf Scramble program. each year will remove 300 pounds of nitrogen, 84 pounds phosphorus and 252 pounds of potas- sium. If these amounts of nutrients are not applied each year, the forage will mine the soil. After a period of time, the soil fertility level will decline and yields will decrease. It is essential to maintain soil fertility to maintain grass stands, yields and quality. Nitrogen and potassium are normally low in East Texas fields. Where hay is harvested 3-4 times a year, I would suggest that a 1-1 ratio of nitrogen and potassium be used. The soil test report will list in the center of the page the suggested fertilizer rates in pounds per acre for nitrogen, phosphorus and potas- sium. The phosphorus and potassium rates are for the year and the ni- trogen requirement is for the first fertilization. A following statement will suggest the nitrogen rate for additional fertiliza- tions. Remember, the amount of fertilizer rec- ommended by the soil testing laboratory is not absolute. The fertilizer rate is only a suggested guideline. Producers will know much more about a particular field than the laboratory and the suggested rate may need to be modified by exl~e- rience. ' After catching a calf during a 2015 Stock Show rodeo performance, par- ticipants began their Calf Scramble journey. The youth utilized Stock Show funds to purchase a heifer that they brought to the 2016 Stock Show for ex- hibition. Besides showing their heifer, monthly reports nity Foundation of North Texas, Summit Casing Equipment and United Fire Group. Snow's Beefmaster heifer project was spon- sored by Everhart-Tiger Antennas. The 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2017 through Feb. 4, and a final essay were 2017. required to remain eli- gible for scholarship consideration. Meeting shortly after the 2016 Show, the Scholarship Committee awarded Snow's scholarship: Sponsors for Snow's scholarship include: Trin- ity Works Charitable Fund of Rodeo tickets are available both online and by mail order. Everything you need to buy your 2017 Stock Show rodeo tickets can be found at Questions regarding ticket purchases or other Stock Show matters can be answered by calling the Commu- (817) 877-2400. Generally, fertilizer blends such as 19-4-17 and 21-8-17 will meet the nutrient requirement for Bermuda grass and Bahia grass meadows. These blends are close to the ra- tio of nutrients required by grasses. In hay meadows having a medium-high soil phosphorus level, a 20-0-20 fertilizer blend will work well, but a soil test is needed each year to prevent phosphorus from becoming deficient. The fertilizer blends mentioned need to be applied each time fertilizer is applied to prevent a soil deficiency. A 3-1-2 fertilizer blend will supply the nitrogen, phosphorus and potas- sium for the first cutting. However, if only nitrogen is applied for the second cutting, the grass will re- move the phosphorus and potassium from the soil. When phosphorus" and potassium are not present in sufficient amounts, the forage yields and stands will decrease, even if there is sufficient nitrogen. Phosphorus and potas- sium fertilizer may be applied in the fall or early spring to provide the nec- essary nutrients and then following each application with nitrogen only. If more than 100 pounds of potassium are required, it will be beneficial to make split applications. Usually a thin strand of grass is a result of low potas- sium. All plant nutrients are needed in the correct amount to maintain stands and yields. It is impossible to make one recommendation that will fit all soils and man- agement programs. The only sure way to achieve the correct levels of nu- trients in a particular soil is to follow recommenda- tions. Soil testing should be considered a tool for saving money, not just an indicator of how much fertilizer to purchase. A producer should purchase only the elements his soil is lacking - not an excess of other elements. Often, money can be saved on fertilizer by figuring the exact amount of nutrients needed and then purchas- ing fertilizers that fit those forage needs. Students of the Month THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON Athens Rotary Club recognized its Students of the Month during its week- Iy luncheon meeting at Athens Country Club May 5. April Students of the Month include (front row, from left) Tristan Calagul of Athens Christian Prep Academy Middle School, Zachary Loflin of Athens Christian Prep Academy High School, Justin Toney of Athens Middle School and Jordan Ford of Athens High School. Joining the Athens students (rear)is Anthony Chiles, vocational chair of Athens Rotary. DALLY SPECIALS ALL DAY lONG Mon.-Chicken Fried Steak ~ $5.95 rues.- large Quesadilla Dinner ~ $7.50 wed.-IO oz. l-Bone Steak ~ $11.25 [huts.- Enchilada Dinner ~ $5.95 combo or w/queso 50 extral Fri.-IO oz. 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