Hay growers in 13 states have until Sept. 23 to enter the Southeastern Hay Contest, remind its organizers.

The contest is open to growers in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Hay and baleage samples will be evaluated in six categories: warm-season perennial grass hay; perennial peanut or alfalfa hay; cool-season perennial grass hay; mixed, annual grass or other hay; grass baleage and legume baleage.

Hay entries will be lab-tested and ranked by relative forage quality (RFQ), which accounts for energy and fiber digestibility. If necessary, ties in RFQ scores will be broken based on visual evaluation by Extension forage specialists.

The contest is hosted by university Extension services from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

The entry fee is $15/sample. Winners will be recognized at the 2013 Sunbelt Ag Expo, scheduled for Oct. 15-17 in Moultrie, GA. See contest rules and entry form.

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