The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is looking for hay listings for its 2014 Quality Hay Directory, set to print in late November.

Interested producers can complete forms downloaded from the Hay Directory webpage and send them, with checks for $10/listing, to the Macon address on the form. Checks should be made out to Georgia Farm Bureau. Because the publication will be used for the entire year, producers should include normal and projected production of round and square bales they anticipate selling.

Those who also enter the GFB Quality Hay Contest, designed to encourage the production of better-quality hay in the state, will also get one free hay directory listing. The contest entry deadline is Nov. 1.

The University of Georgia Testing Lab will evaluate entries using the Relative Forage Quality Test (RFQ). 
Entry forms outlining the procedure for entering the contest and rules may be picked up at your local county Farm Bureau office or downloaded here. A $15/entry fee will cover the cost of the lab test. Producers may enter more than one sample and will receive detailed copies of their hay analyses information.

The top five places will be announced at the GFB Hay Commodity Meeting, Dec. 9, during the GFB Convention on Jekyll Island. The first-place winner will receive a year's free use of a Vermeer TM 850 Trailed Mower, sponsored by Vermeer. The second-place finisher will receive a baler-mounted hay moisture tester.

Download a contest entry or call Joe McManus at 800-342-1196 for more information on the contest or directory.

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