Building on the success of the first 10 years of this annual event, we are excited to announce a MAJOR EXPANSION of this contest! 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!
We are very excited that Massey Ferguson has joined us as the title sponsor for the SE Hay Contest! They will be providing the Grand Prize of a new Massey Ferguson RK Series rotary rake for the 2017 hay production season AND a $1000 cash prize! Additionally, Massey Ferguson will be providing the 1st Prize winner in the Warm Season Perennial Grass Category with the use of a new DM Series Professional disc mower for the 2017 hay production season!
We are also excited to announce that each of the 9 categories have been sponsored by more of our industry partners (see our sponsor’s logos below). These sponsorships will provide cash awards to the top 3 places in each category (1st prize $125, 2nd prize $75, and 3rd prize $50)!
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!
So, is your hay and baleage the class of the field? Think you can vie for a winning combination? If so, then check out the rules and entry forms 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 2015 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.