Farmers offer to help with hay
WNC cattle owners need to act now to secure alternatives
by By John Boyle
Asheville Citizen Times
Farmers in the eastern part of North Carolina have plenty of cornstalks and soybean hay to help drought-stricken mountain cattle farmers, but there’s a catch: farmers must act now to secure their supply.
“They’re baling it all over the place, but there’s a short little window of opportunity when this is going to be available,” said Bill Yarborough, a regional agronomist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services based in Waynesville. “Farmers are willing to help farmers, but farmers in the mountains have got to make a commitment.”