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Dry spells and army worms are affecting hay production in ETX

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(KYTX/TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - East Texas hay producers say the current dry spell and an infestation of army worms are taking their toll.

Late-season production is way down after a promising start to the growing year.

They are saying that although things are not as bad as 2011, which of course was the year we had a drought that basically lasted all summer.

It is not turning out to be a bumper crop year after all and that they are getting very few September cuttings.

Armyworms can come through literally eat a hayfield down to nothing.

Tyler Morning Telegraph talked to a producer based in Cherokee County who described it one-two punch. Just when it looked like he was going to be able to grow enough for a hay cutting, the army worms came through and took it all away.

The grower said more than anything is rain.

To find out about upcoming hay shows, see Kelly Gooch's story in tomorrow's paper.


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