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The 2021 Southeastern Hay Contest accepts entries each year through September 1. Winners will be notified by October 1 and  awards are presented at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.

Entires and Rules

This contest allows producers to compare the quality of their hay to that of other producers all for a chance to win cash prizes. Hay and baleage producers in the Southeast can submit samples in one of the following categories:

  • warm season perennial grass hay
  • alfalfa hay
  • perennial peanut hay
  • cool season perennial grass hay
  • mixed annual grass or other hay
  • grass baleage
  • legume baleage

This contest is open to any producer from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma (east of Interstate-35), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (east of Interstate-35), and Virginia. However, entries must be submitted by the farm where the forage was grown. Because climatic conditions differ west of I-35, all samples must originate from fields located east of I-35.


The top three entries in each category will receive a cash prize.

  • 1st place – $150
  • 2nd place – $100
  • 3rd place – $75

First-place winners from each category will then compete for the overall title. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Massey Ferguson is also providing the winner with their choice of either a new RK Series rotary rake or a new DM Series Professional disc mower for use in the 2021 hay production season.

Submitting Samples

The completed contest entry form must be submitted by a local Extension agent. By signing the entry form, the agent certifies that the producer has met all contest rules and requirements. For help taking and submitting samples, producers can contact their Alabama Extension animal sciences and forages regional agent. Samples must be submitted to

Southeastern Hay Contest for Feed

Environmental Water Lab (FEW)

2300 College Station Road, Athens, Georgia 30602-4356.

More Information

For more information, visit the Southeastern Hay Contest website. There, producers will find the entry form and rules of participation. Stay up-to-date with the latest news by following the Southeastern Hay Contest on Facebook.

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