Two talks on relative forage quality (RFQ), a method for marketing and evaluating hay, will be highlights of the March 29-30 Southeast Hay Convention to be held at the Georgia Farm Bureau main office in Macon.

RFQ is increasingly important for hay growers to be knowledgeable about, says Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage specialist, who will be speaking on the subject.

“The way hay is marketed in the Southeast is terrible. A lot of our producers are missing the boat,” says Hancock. He’ll talk about seven years of RFQ data utilizing 16,000 quality samples and show the group how the marketing tool should be used.

The event is actually a transition from past hay production schools the university has hosted to a full-fledged hay convention. Its first day, fundamentals of forage quality, selecting forage species, forage establishment, fertilization, pest management and other basics will be presented, says Hancock.

The second day will deal with new research, new products on the market and how to handle varying management problems. A producer panel will round out the event.

Convention registration is limited; only 33 spots remained at presstime. To register, visit here. The cost is $125 for the first person from a farm, $50 for additional people from the same farm.