Dry weather hurts hay farmers
JAMES A. JONES JR.
The Manatee Herald
EAST MANATEE – It’s a great time for baling hay, but not necessarily for growing it.
So says Phyllis Gilreath, county extension agent for Manatee County, in reference to the winter-spring drought.
As if to underscore the point, the shock waves from heavy trucks rumbling between Bradenton and Arcadia on Wednesday raised dark billows of powdery soil along the shoulders of State Road 70.
About a mile south of the highway, near the DeSoto County line, Al Robinson was in his element.