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ISSUE DATE: 05/18/2009

Young entrepreneur finds markets for hay

It was supposed to only be a side business, just 10 acres of brome for hay production.

Little did Phillip Goodyear, or his family for that matter, realize that one simple project would evolve into a thriving farm enterprise.

In the beginning

The Goodyear family members are long-time swine producers in Geary County, Kan. But, Phillip Goodyear decided as a young man that raising pigs wasn't in his future.

"Pigs were not my route," he said. "So I dabbled in hay production, starting out with 10 acres in brome." When Goodyear moved on to Kansas State University he chose to major in business economics, with the intention of returning home to farm and expanding that small hay operation.

Today, Goodyear and his wife, Kristen, with their one-year-old son Ethan, operate Cross Triangle Hay Co., east of Junction City, Kan. They grew their farm from 10 acres in 2000 to about 2,000 acres covering an 80-mile radius today. The couple puts up brome, alfalfa and some prairie hay in small and large square bales and large round bales and sells their crop to dairies and horse stables across the country.


NEWS

A little bit of everything to see in Guthrie
Administration addressing ethanol, climate change
Ag Hall of Fame struggling for money, attendance
Ames is more than just a college town
Bennet applauds secretary of agriculture Vilsack's decision to extend certain CRP contracts
Bill boosts pending farmer discrimination claims
Checkoff helps drive consumer interest in beef middle meats
Dust emission research may lead to reduction of air pollutants
FAPC Industry Advisory Committee member wins distinction award
Farm couple holding their own against floodwaters
FDA to implement feed ban despite public objections
Harnessing the wind
Hays is a best place in so many ways
House gives final passage to feral hog bill
Iowa State University's Young Agricultural Marketers keep top national standing
Katy Trail Fact Sheet
Katy Trail State Park is a fun getaway for bikers and hikers
K-State open house showcases new lab
LeRoy Jones lives in the 21st Century, but his spirit thrives in an earlier time
Marketing to the consumer
Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement names two honorees, inducts new members
Nebraska's largest county has a lot of heart
Northern Beef financial woes mount
Peanut butter sales rebounding
Pueblo, Colorado offers the best of both worlds
Recovery funding coming to state for new dams and wildlife habitat
Relief efforts underway for farms and ranches devastated by flooding in North Dakota
Repeat of the '80s unlikely for agriculture
Senate passes bill to help landowners
Take basic precautions to lessen the chances for H1N1 flu infec
TAMU helps bring 'PEACE' to Afghanistan through technology, conflict resolution
Taylor County is site for May 18 estate-planning seminar
Vilsack names Caruso as FSA administrator
West Texas offers something for every interest
Wildfires cost Texas agriculture $35 million
Wind, water and wildlife conference scheduled in Canadian
Young entrepreneur finds markets for hay

CROPS

AFBF: Crop insurance works, but improvement possible
Assessment of damage to wheat fields ongoing
Cotton bests other spray-on erosion control mulches
County-level cash rent averages released
FiberMax honors new class of One Ton Growers
Follow wheat harvest this summer with Hoffman Harvesting
Genetic markers will be boon to cotton breeders
Greenbug scouting quick, easy and important for wheat producers
K-State entomologists control insects and show 'em off, too
Moving to soybeans
NCGA commends President Obama for his commitment to biofuels
Nebraska Wheat Board announces directorship appointment openings
Oklahoma State Senate reauthorizes conservation bond
Oklahoma Wheat Commission to hold District IV election
Partnership to help protect water quality praised by recent EPA
RMFU supports growth energy efforts to increase ethanol levels
Sorghum scholarship winner named
Soybean checkoff evaluates programs to measure effectiveness of farmer dollars
Spring corn planting provides $3.5 billion stimulus
Springtime turns CDA bugs into a hot commodity
State wheat forecast at 80.5 million bushels
Sunshine on the vine
Texas wheat production down 35 percent from last year
USDA sets date for soybean request for referendum
USDA to begin 2009 assessment of wheat production
Wheat field day offers look back, forward
Wheat tour guess pegged at 40.8 bushels

LIVESTOCK

2009 Frank H. Baker Memorial Scholarship awarded to Speidel
AFBF seeks Section 32 funding for pork purchases
ARS develops new techniques for TSE testing
ASJA to celebrate 25th Annual National Show in Laramie
Bison leader brings industry priorities to USDA, congressional leaders
BLM seeks bids for new pasture facilities to care for and maintain wild horses
Bovine viral diarrhea virus website available to assist cattle
Checkoff celebrates May as National Beef Month with retail partnerships
Dairy Farmers of America issues patronage checks early
Fall-calving heifers average $1,401 per head in Show-Me-Select auction at Fruitland, Mo.
KCA Board appoints Executive Committee
LMA expresses NAIS concerns to Vilsack
Maximize only balance
National Junior Limousin Show will be 'Big Texas Shindig 2'
NCBA highlights industry's successful beef safety efforts
Nebraska operation named Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year
ODAFF investigators apprehend cattle fraud suspect quickly
Options for dealing with unwanted horses are limited
Organic dairy manure may offer fertilizer option
RFD-TV will bring June 13 Fergus Falls WLAC into America's homes, beginning June 22
SD Stockgrowers receive "Just One Cow" contribution
SD Stockgrowers take part in animal ID conference
U.S., EU strike deal to end beef trade spat
Unlock your potential at AJSA "KEY" Conference
Upcoming Beef 706 program open to Texas youth
Volunteers needed for Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Riding Program summer season
Would you like to spend time "Down Under?"

EDITOR

Dissension in the ranks
See, we aren't so darned idiotic, after all!
Teach your children well

COLUMNS

A bad day
Cow dog leadership
Garner Beltlacing Tool
Harper Industries round bale handler
Hayslide Twine Catcher
Just a scoop full
My affinity for junk
Timpte bulk commodity trailers

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock auction
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado cattle auction summary
Conditions slow fieldwork
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City livestock auction report
Fair weather prevails across state
Faith livestock sales report
Favorable weather helps spring planting progress
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Hay trading slowly
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture needed in some areas
Most hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Presho cattle sales report
Salina cattle auction report
Sioux Falls sheep report
Some farmers have not started fieldwork yet
South Central direct sheep
Spring planting progresses significantly
Springfield livestock sales
St. Joseph feeder pigs
State receives varying amounts of moisture
Steady to higher bids for grain, soybeans
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warmer weather desired
West Plains livestock sales
Wet weather continues
Wet weather puts planting, tillage behind normal average
Wheat crop in mostly good condition
Wheat still suffering in parts of state
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative bets on western national standing
The Nature Conservancy Kansas Chapter to host a Visitors Day at
Warm weather brings rapid pasture growth

FAMILY

4-H expands science, engineering, technology program
Disease of the week--cedar apple rust
Expert says aging and exercise should go hand in hand
Forest Service's Agroforestry Field Day to feature controlling 'trash' trees, plus growing good o
Juila Child knew how to plant a bombe
Lean meats fit well into healthy eating plan
NMSU to hold plant disease, pest first-detector training in Albuquerque area
Photinia leaf spot
Programs available for rural, urban tree planting
Recover, reinvest in personal finances this year with extra dollars
ReTree Nebraska's Nine for 2009 promotes species diversity
Taking it to the limit in Ada
The Drifter
Tips for parents: Make garden family-friendly
Trees need their own communities to thrive
Two-story Fox fits sloping lots
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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