HAY AND FORAGES
hAY AnD bAleAGe producers can earn
major prizes at the Sunbelt Ag expo in this
year’s Southeastern hay Contest, presented
by Massey Ferguson.
Thanks to Massey Ferguson’s sponsorship,
along with major support from sponsors
for each of the seven categories in the
competition, winners can take home cash
prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000 and
free use of Massey Ferguson hay equipment.
Winners will be announced at a special
ceremony on opening day of Sunbelt Ag
expo Oct. 16.
Since 2004, the Southeastern hay
Contest has been spotlighting high
quality hay and baleage production in the
region. Cooperative extension programs
in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South
Carolina have organized the competition
since its inception.
“We hope every high quality hay producer
from Texas to Virginia will enter for a chance
to win,” says Dr. Dennis hancock, university of
Georgia extension forage specialist and this
year’s director of the competition. “Our goal is
to demonstrate the potential to produce high
quality hay and baleage in the Southeast.
Just as importantly, we want to highlight the
technology that makes it all possible.”
Forage growers in the Southeast have
increased the quality of their forage as
they’ve recognized a need for efficiency
due to high input costs. “The key to success
has always been timely management,” says
hancock, who also points out that good
management has been made more efficient
with the use of improved forage varieties,
advanced harvest equipment, and other
technologies that have come to the market
during the last decade. “It is hard to recall
a more exciting time in the hay and forage
industry,” he says.
As grand prize, Massey Ferguson
Southeastern hay Contest shines
will provide the winner a new RK Series
Professional Rotary Rake or DM Series
Professional Disc Mower for the 2019 hay
production season, and a $1,000 cash prize.
each of the seven categories is sponsored
by additional industry partners — America's
Alfalfa, Georgia Twine, Perennial Peanut
Producers Association, Athens Seed Co.,
Inland Tarp & liner, and RW Griffin — who
will provide cash awards to the top three
places in each category, including $125 for 1st
prize, $75 for 2nd prize, and $50 for 3rd prize.
hay and baleage producers from all
13 southeastern states are encouraged to
participate. More information about the
contest, including rules and entry forms, is
available at sehaycontest.com
Follow the Southeastern hay Contest
on Twitter (@SehayContest) and Facebook
( www.facebook.com/SehayContest) for peri-
odic articles, updates, and timely information
on producing high quality hay and baleage.
expo spotlight on region’s top producers
Dr. Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage researcher, and Ash Alt, AGCO/Massey
Ferguson representative, present winners with awards at last year’s Southeast Hay
Contest recognition ceremony. The 2018 awards will be presented in the RW Griffin
Building Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 9: 40 a.m.
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