Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo. Our goal is to demonstrate the potential to produce high quality hay and baleage, showcase the management abilities of our SE growers, and highlight the technology and equipment that make it all possible! There are many economic reasons why SE growers have increased the quality of the forage they produce (e.g., unprecedented prices in the livestock sectors, great demand for their products, need for efficiency due to high input costs, etc.). But, the keys to success have been timely management, improved forage varieties, advanced harvest equipment, and related technologies that have come to the market over the last 10 years.  It is hard to recall a more exciting time in the hay and forage industry!

Building on the success of the first 11 years of this annual event, we are excited to announce that Massey Ferguson has joined us as the title sponsor for the 2016 SE Hay Contest! They will be providing the Grand Prize of a new Massey Ferguson RK Series rotary rake or new DM Series Professional disc mower for the 2017 hay production season AND a $1000 cash prize!

We are also excited to announce that each of the 9 categories will be sponsored by more of our industry partners (see our sponsors page). These sponsorships will provide cash awards to the top 3 places in each category (1st prize $125, 2nd prize $75, and 3rd prize $50)! 

So, is your hay and baleage the class of the field? Think you can vie for a winning combination? If so, then click here for the rules and entry form and enter today! The deadline for entry into the SE Hay Contest is 5 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2016.

While you’re at it, take time to advertise your high quality forage in the 2016 SE Hay Directory. The SE Hay Directory seeks to connect our high quality forage producers with buyers who value this product. Read more about the SE Hay Directory on page 4 of the SE Hay Contest and Hay Directory Rules and Entry Form.

The Southeastern Hay Contest is a collaborative effort between cooperating universities and extension programs in the Southeast.

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