VARYING WEATHER CONDITIONS MAY THREATEN WINTER HAY

Cary, N.C. and Eastman, Ga. – A gamut of weather conditions in the Southeast – from drought to extreme rain – may significantly impact the quality and supply of the hay crop in coming months.

“Weather across the state of Florida has been inconsistent,” said Reyna Speckmann, an assistant Extension scientist at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. “The state is below average for annual rainfall, which may limit yield and quality in some operations.”

Alabama is experiencing more rain, recently coming out of a drought. “Rainfall has been hit or miss throughout Alabama,” said Dr. Don Ball, Extension forage specialist at Auburn University, Ala. “Southeast Alabama has been quite dry, but if you look at the big picture, the state has received more rain than in recent years.”

According to recent figures released by the Climate Prediction Center, the Southeast region will receive above average rainfall throughout October. Southeastern beef producers concerned about developing El Niño conditions, and the potential effect on hay production, do have alternatives, notes Albert Glass, president of AgPro Industries LLC, Eastman, Ga.

CPM Super-P™ is a new all-in-one cattle feed alternative from AgPro Industries. While priced competitively with most conventional hay, CPM Super-P offers higher protein, a guarantee on nutrition and weight, and virtually no loss.

Made from a renewable resource, nutrient-rich Cotton Plant Material (CPM), CPM Super-P is fortified with protein, 17 vitamins and minerals to enhance nutritional intake and improve rumen health and digestion.

“At a time in which the quality and availability of hay is in question, our guarantee on nutrition, weight and protein presents a compelling reason to make the switch,” Glass notes.

CPM Super-P is available in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Winter feed supplies can be preordered now at www.agproindustries.com or by calling 1-888-40-AGPRO(24776).

AgPro Industries LLC is a family owned and operated business that focuses on the development of quality feed products that offer nutritional and economic value. The company's mission is to become the forefront pioneer in the utilization of biomass waste materials in serving the needs of various consumer and commercial markets. For more information, visit www. agproindustries.com.

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton. For more information, visit www.cottoninc.com.







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