Indiana Forage Council hosts inaugural Hoosier Hay Contest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Indiana Forage Council (IFC), with help from Purdue Extension and SureTech Laboratories, is internet hosting a contest for Indiana producers who will harvest forage for hay or baleage for the 2022 hay season.

The Hoosier Hay Contest, sponsored by Huston Inc., seeks to advertise forage manufacturing, inform hay producers on the nutritive worth of their hay and encourage producers to pattern and check their hay or baleage earlier than feeding it to livestock. The occasion additionally creates a pleasant competitors amongst Indiana producers on who produces higher-quality hay.

SureTech Laboratories in Indianapolis will analyze all samples and launch them to the competition organizer, producer and producer’s native Purdue Extension agriculture and pure sources educator. The Purdue Extension educator and producer can then work collectively to interpret the evaluation and decide how finest to make use of the forage within the producers’ operation.

The Hoosier Hay contest has two classes: hay or baleage. Prize cash will go to first-, second- and third-place entries in each classes. First place will obtain $250 and a one-year membership to IFC, second place $150 and third place $100.

Winners can be acknowledged on the annual IFC assembly and on the IFC web site. The price to take part is $10 per pattern with the competition being restricted to 100 samples. Entries have to be acquired by SureTech Labs and the Indiana Forage Council by Sept. 30.

Rules and entry varieties will be discovered at on-line.  For extra data, contact Nick Minton at 812-279-4330 or nminton@purdue.edu and Jason Tower at 812-678-4427 or towerj@purdue.edu.

Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, mayer36@purdue.edu 

Source: Keith Johnson, johnsonk@purdue.edu   

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