The Indiana Forage Council (IFC), with assistance from Purdue Extension and SureTech Laboratories, is hosting a contest for Indiana producers who will harvest forage for hay or baleage within the state for the 2022 hay season.
The Hoosier Hay Contest seeks to promote forage production, inform hay producers on the nutritive value of their hay and encourage producers to sample and test their hay or baleage before feeding it to livestock. It also creates a friendly competition among Indiana producers on who produces higher-quality hay.
SureTechLaboratories in Indianapolis will analyze all samples and release only to the contest organizer, producer and producer’s local Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.
The Hoosier Hay Contest has two categories: hay or baleage. Prize money will go to first-, second- and third-place entries in both categories. First place will receive $250 and a one-year membership to IFC, second place $150 and third place $100.
Winners will be recognized at the annual IFC meeting and on the IFC website. The cost to participate is $10 per sample with the contest limited to 100 samples. Entries must be received by Sure Tech Labs and Indiana Forage Council by September 30, 2022.
Special thanks to Hutson, Inc for major sponsorship of this contest!
Each year, the Indiana Forage Council recognizes exemplary members with the Outstanding Producer Award and the Maurice E. Heath Award.
The Outstanding Producer Award recognizes a producer who excels in the production and utilization of forages on his or her farm. Previously, this award has been known as the Recognition Award and the Dave and Helen Forgey Award.
Ronnie Boehm, Spencer County beef/forage producer, received the 2022 Outstanding Producer Award at the Indiana Forage Council’s Annual Meeting. Ronnie has developed an excellent rotational grazing program on his farm and manages the pastures at a top level. The award was presented by Jason Tower, American Forage and Grassland Senior Vice-President and Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center Superintendent.
The Maurice E. Heath Award was established upon Mr. Heath’s retirement from Purdue University. He was a strong advocate for soil conservation and forage research and education. The recipients of this award are recognized for their contributions to soil conservation and/or forage research and educational endeavors.
Kenny Eck, Purdue Extension Educator – Dubois County Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the 2022 Maurice E. Heath Award from Indiana Forage Council member and past Director Dave Fischer (left) and Jason Tower, American Forage and Grassland Senior Vice-President (right). Kenny received the award for his contributions to forage education in southern Indiana
– 43 Entries
– Representing 15 outstanding forage Producers
– Highlighting 13 Indiana Counties for SW to NE
– RFQ ranging from 81 to 210
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