Hay Sales & Custom Baling

We are excited to add Hay Sales & Custom Baling to our list of ways we can serve you. And since we don’t do anything unless we do it right, you can be assured that we will do everything humanly possible to reap the best quality hay. We’ve invested in top of the line equipment and use experienced crews. Whether you have a field that you need baled for hay your horses or cows; or land that you need baled for an Ag exemption, we can custom tailor a program that works for you. We also have hay for sale, ranging from high quality horse hay which is stored in our hay barn, all the way down to “construction” hay, for use in erosion control.

 

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Hay Sales

The fields we cut for hay sales vary from several types of grasses ranging from horse quality to low quality hay used for construction purposes. At the start of the season, we spray all of our horse quality hay fields to minimize any weed infestation and fertilize after each cutting. Our round bales range from 4x4 to 4x6, depending on your preference, and weigh between 900 – 1300 pounds. Our square bales are tight, dense and weigh about 50 pounds. We can also arrange for delivery if needed.

Stuckey’s Contract Services backs up everything we do… including horse hay. If your horse won’t eat it, get it back to us and we will exchange it or give you your money back.

Tyes of Hay We Offer

  • Bermuda
  • Texas Tough
  • Tifton - 85
  • Coastal
  • Jiggs
  • Bahia
  • Alfalfa

Bermudagrass covers a wide range of grass types including forage (hay) and turf (lawns). Horse quality forage includes varieties such as Texas Tough, Tifton-85, Coastal, Bahia, & Jiggs. Growth begins at temperatures above 59 °F with optimum growth between 75 and 99 °F Making it a prime canidate for Texas!

Use the tabs to the right to learn more about each variety. If you have further questions, give us a call and let us help you make the best decision for which variety best suits your needs.

Texas Tough is a mixture of seeded bermudagrass that is blended and sold by East Texas Seed Company of Tyler, TX. The blend consists of 1/3 Giant and 2/3 common bermudagrass, one-half of which is hulled and the other one-half unhulled (Majestic & Common).

Texas A&M released a study showing a 5-year variety evaluation trial which indicated Texas Tough to be the most productive of the seeded varieties in the trial, averaging 7,496 lbs. DM/AC (Dry Matter/Acre) over the 5-year period. See the link here.

Although we call Tifton 85 a bermudagrass, it is a cross between a bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) and a close tropical relative characterized by a more upright growth than coastal called stargrass (Cynodon nlemfuensis); the particular stargrass used in this cross was selected because of the high digestibility. Tifton 85 is a conventionally bred hybrid essentially created by conventional cross pollination methods. Tifton 85 was developed at the USDA Agricultural Research Station at Tifton, Georgia in 1992 by Dr. Glenn Burton. He also developed Coastal Bermudagrass in 1943.

Tifton 85 is preferred for improved nutritive value, high dry matter yield, and increased drought tolerance. Tifton 85 is said to be no more cold tolerant, but has a much higher level of digestibility—60 percent better than coastal (According to Dr. Larry Redmon - TAMU).

Coastal bermudagrass, a hybrid between Tift bermudagrass, is a result of an extensive breeding program by Glen Burton, USDA-ARS, Georgia Coastal Plains Experiment Station at Tifton, GA, and was released as a cultivar in 1943.

Coastal is a highly productive bermudagrass producing both rhizomes and stolons and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions. It has exceptional longevity, readily responds to fertility and irrigation, and possesses better drought tolerance than common. Coastal is also tolerant of heavy grazing pressure or frequent and close defoliation. Coastal is the most widely planted bermudagrass in the southern US and Texas & has become a standard for “horse quality hay”.

Jiggs bermudagrass is a private-release that traces its origin to a rancher in east Texas by the name of J. C. Riggs. Several accounts have been given as to how this grass was originally distributed, but it has become very popular in our area as well as along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

Jiggs establishes easiest of all varieties and quicker than Coastal on heavy textured soils. It is adapted to various soil types, and even does well on heavy, wet soils. Jiggs is easy to plant by tops. It does not have many rhizomes, and does not produce as much as Coastal or Tifton 85 in a drought. It also has less cold tolerance than Tifton 85 or Coastal. Quality is more or less equal to that of Coastal.

Bahia grass is a good low input warm season grass. It is a good all-around purpose grass that has increased in use due to its ability to survive periods of drought. This is due to its extensive root system which can extend as far as 8-10 ft. It is also a relatively low maintenance grass with less disease and insect problems than some of the other warm season grasses. This warm season perennial was introduced to the US in the 30s from South America as a feed grass for cattle grazing.
Quality Alfalfa hay is not grown in our region due to climate conditions. Therefore we have been able to partner with other providers ranging from Nevada – New Mexico where climate does allow. We currently offer our Alfalfa in 3 string (105 LB) bales. This allows us to offer the best price/weight and pass on savings to the consumer. Our alfalfa is very leafy and barn kept (Covered during transport) to prevent sun bleaching. Come by our barn to see it for yourself. You will smell the freshness!

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Mowing/Cutting

The most important portion of baling hay is timing. It is a competition between the operator and the environment. During the summer, rain is very unpredictable; especially considering the drought we have endured the past couple of years. Hay is very sensitive to weather conditions, particularly when it is harvested. In drought conditions, both seed and leaf production are stunted, making hay that has a high ratio of dry coarse stems that have low nutritional values. If the weather is too wet, the cut hay may spoil in the field before it can be baled. The hay may also develop rot and mold after being baled, creating the potential for toxins to form in the feed. It also has to be stored in a manner to prevent it from getting wet. Mold and spoilage reduce nutritional value and may cause illness in animals.

Another factor to consider is the health of the grass. Our Project Managers are constantly surveying the pastures we are contracted to cut for readiness and try to harvest hay at the point when the seed heads are not quite ripe and the leaf is at its maximum when cut in the field. The cut material is allowed to dry so that the bulk of the moisture is removed but the leafy material is still hearty enough to be picked up from the ground and baled.

The successful harvest of maximum yields of high-quality hay is entirely dependent on the perfect timing of optimum crop, field, and weather conditions. When this occurs, our crews work day & night to harvest the hay until weather conditions become unfavorable.

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Disking

Field preparation is an important part of growing any crop, including hay! Over time, soil can become hardened and nutrient depleted. A thorough disking can help turn over and loosen up the soil, while removing weeds and other vegetation that can interfere with the normal growth of the desired hay. This also mixes the soil below the surface which may have more nutrients for the crop to grow.

If your field is in need of disking we have many disks for all different size pastures and needs. We also have harrows, tillers, drags and many other implements that can be used to acquire the optimum soil consistency and smoothness for any pasture need.

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Seeding

It is a very common practice to seed or overseed a hay pasture. This can be done to introduce new & better grasses into the field or simply to establish more coverage & density to yield a better cutting. SCS is also capable of sprigging a new or existing field. Several types of grasses we use and recommend are: Bermuda; Texas Tough, Giant, Alicia, Tifton 85, Coastal, Jiggs, & Common), winter grass blends, & other types upon request.

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Fertilization

An important part of effective hay baling is ensuring there is adequate grass to cut as well as the quality. However, low soil nutrient levels often limit forage production. With good soil fertility and fertilizer management, the productivity of many hay and pasture fields can be greatly improved. It is also imperative to recognize the danger in different types of fertilizer and how they could possibly affect any animals which would feed on the hay/pasture.

We regularly send of soil samples to the lab at Texas A&M University to be tested so we are able to evaluate the current conditions and implement a fertilization program that will best benefit the field. Let us come out to take a proper soil sample so you know your field is reaching its maximum potential.

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Herbicide

Herbicides, also commonly known as weed killers, are pesticides used to kill unwanted plants. Selective herbicides kill specific targets, while leaving other vegetation relatively unharmed. Some of these act by interfering with the growth of the weed and are often synthetic mimics of natural plant hormones.

Herbicides are widely used in in the U.S. for crop & turf management. As licensed herbicide applicators, SCS has access to many herbicides & related chemicals. We take special care to ensure the safety of animals & aquatic life when needed.

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Custom Baling

One of the most common questions we are asked in regards to hay is “What is custom hay baling?” Custom hay baling simply means we work with each client in regards to how the hay is baled. Options such as square/round bales, size of bale, twine/net wrapping, delivery/stacking options, & shares. Our wide array of options also allows us to offer a large variety of selections for those who look to buy hay from us directly. However, if for some odd reason you think you’d like your hay painted, we can probably accommodate your unique requests…

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