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Castleland RC&D makes hay in Iron County

The Castleland Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D), in cooperation with Utah State University Extension, hosted a hay production and marketing presentation on the Roy Adams Farm in Parowan Valley, June 12.

Producers and their families from the RC&D area traveled to Parowan to learn how the Adams family hay and farming operations provide full-time support to twin sons (Alan and Alma), their mother, Elaine, and one of their sons, Mike.

The RC&D Council organized the tour to help show the viability of full-time farming operations to producers in the Castle Valley area who now are experiencing the benefits of recent irrigation improvements from the Ferron Irrigation Salinity Project and the current $92 million Huntington/Cleveland Project that is converting farms from flood to sprinkler irrigation. The new systems are now producing up to four cuttings of hay with more efficient use of water over the growing season.

Alan Adams explained the benefits of some "Round-Up Ready" alfalfa that was planted five years ago and has since been sprayed only twice to control weeds. The family has been using efficient sprinkler irrigations systems and production equipment to market "dairy quality" alfalfa to dairies in the Chino Valley of California for the past 35 years. The Adamses are full-time farmers and have a commercial cow-calf operation in addition to the haying business.

Much of the after-lunch discussion centered on the positive effects of rearing families on the farm and other business measures that helped make the farming operation sustainable for all family partners. For more information, contact RC&D Coordinator Wayne Urie or Emery County Extension Agent Dennis Worwood.

Additional tour sponsors were: Emery County Economic Development Council, Carbon County Economic Development Council, Sutherland's hardware-Price, and Carbon County Farm Bureau.

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