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Square Hay Baler

The Southeastern Hay Contest is now open for hay producers to submit entries. 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 until September 1 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


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.

Winners will be notified by October 1.

Submitting Samples

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.


For more information, visit the Southeastern Hay Contest website. There, producers will find the entry form and rules of participation.

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