Henry Pugliese of Bartow County, GA, captured first place in the Georgia Farm Bureau’s 2012 Quality Bermuda Hay Contest.

Pugliese’s winning entry of Coastal bermudagrass registered a relative forage quality (RFQ) score of 135.4. Wes Pope of Troup County notched second-place honors with an entry of Russell bermudagrass scoring a 126.7 RFQ, while a Coastal bermudagrass grown by William Sumner of Laurens County finished third with an RFQ of 124.3.

The 14-year-old contest is designed to encourage quality hay production and to demonstrate to hay producers the value of having their product analyzed for nutrient content. This year’s contest drew 48 entries from 17 counties in the state.

Winners were announced at last week’s state Farm Bureau convention held at Jekyll Island.