July 05, 2017
Top-quality hay producers can rake in prizes through the Southeastern Hay Contest. Entries are due Sept. 21, and winners will be announced during the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, in October.
“Southeast growers are often unfairly categorized as making poor quality hay and forage,” said Nate Jaeger, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Hay and Forage Division director. “The Southeastern Hay Contest is a chance to showcase the improved management and technology being used in the South and the resulting hay and forage that can be every bit as good as that grown in the West.”
Entries in seven categories will be ranked based on Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), which accounts for protein, energy and fiber digestibility. The University of Georgia Feed and Environmental Water Lab will handle the forage testing.
The farmer whose hay has the overall highest RFQ will receive the grand prize of $1,000 and use of a new Massey Ferguson RK Series rotary rake or DM Series Professional disc mower for the 2018 hay production season. First, second and third place winners in each category will take home monetary awards.
Categories include warm season perennial grass hay; alfalfa hay; perennial peanut hay; cool season perennial grass hay; mixed, annual grass or other hay; grass baleage; and legume baleage.
The contest is a joint effort between Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina Cooperative Extension programs with sponsorship from various agricultural companies.
For complete rules and entry forms, visit sehaycontest.com.