2024 Field Days: Stop 10 – Southeastern Hay Contest

Contact: Dr. Lisa Baxter, [email protected], www.sehaycontest.com

The Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC) encourages producers to test their hay because it can ultimately help save money by identifying supplementation needs. The SEHC is only possible because of the effort of our Extension agents, who engage producers and collect samples, and because of our sponsors. Sponsors include: Massey Ferguson, RW Griffin Industries, Envu, AgriKing, Corteva Agriscience, Athens Seed Company, Southeast Agriseeds, Barenbrug, Pennington Seed Company, Coastal Seeds, Georgia Agribusiness Council, and Mayo Ag Services.

Producers can enter the SEHC in nine categories of hay and baleage: warm season perennial grass hay, cool season perennial grass hay, alfalfa hay, all other legume hay, mixed grass-legume hay, summer annual grass hay, winter annual grass hay, grass baleage, and legume baleage. The samples are ranked based on relative forage quality, and the top 3 entries in each category receive a cash prize. The overall winner also receives the use of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake for the 2025 hay production season plus $2000 in cash! Contact your local Extension agent to enter your samples in the 2024 SEHC before the deadline. Samples must be postmarked by August 30th!