Past Results The 2017 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC) presented by Massey Ferguson was a fierce competition, with 328 entries vying for the top spot. Final results for the 2017 SEHC are listed in Table 1. An archived video of the award ceremony was recorded in a Facebook Live session is available here. The results are broken down into the Contest’s categories of the contest: warm season perennial grass hay (bermudagrass, bahiagrass), alfalfa hay, perennial peanut hay, perennial cool season grass (tall fescue, orchardgrass, etc.) hay, mixed and annual grass hay, grass baleage, and legume baleage. This contest is held in conjunction with the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, GA. Winners were announced during the opening ceremonies at the Sunbelt Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. In each of the categories, the highest three entries in terms of relative forage quality (RFQ) received cash prizes. First place received $125, second received $75, and the third place entry received $50. Top honors in terms of highest overall RFQ also received their choice of the use of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake for the 2018 hay production season plus $1000 in cash! This year, the overall high RFQ was 269, which was from some extremely high quality alfalfa made at Seldom Rest Farm in Pulaski, TN. Weather is always a major factor when attempting to produce high quality forage. This year, wet conditions early and dry conditions late in the growing season proved to be a major limitation for many producers. Drought stress late in the season increased the incidence of high nitrate levels in the forage in 2017, and 11.5% of the samples submitted to the contest were disqualified because nitrates were greater than 5000 ppm. Though the average forage quality this year was very high, these weather challenges caused the average RFQ to be down slightly from previous years. Still, the winning entries were on par with or greater than record winning values in the Contest’s 13-year history. Good management can make a remarkable improvement in forage quality in both favorable and unfavorable weather conditions. Past Southeastern Hay Contest Results: 2017 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2016 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2015 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2014 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2013 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2012 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2011 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2010 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2009 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2008 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2007 Southeastern Hay Contest Results 2006 Southeastern Hay Contest Results Since 2004, the SEHC has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SEHC is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo. The SEHC is a collaborative effort between cooperating universities and extension programs in the Southeast.