Indiana Forage Council Hosts First Hoosier Hay Competition


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Forage Council (IFC), with the help of Purdue Extension and SureTech Laboratories, is holding a competition for growers in Indiana who will harvest forage for hay or silage in the state for the 2021 hay season.

The Hoosier Hay Competition aims to promote forage production, educate hay producers about the nutritional value of their hay, and encourage producers to sample and test their hay or forage before giving it to livestock. It also creates a friendly competition among producers in Indiana over who produces better quality hay.

SureTech Indianapolis Laboratories will analyze all samples and release them only to the contest organizer, grower, and the grower’s local agriculture and natural resource educator Purdue Extension.

The Hoosier hay contest has two categories: hay or seeding. The cash prize will go to first, second and third place entries in both categories. First place will receive $ 250 and a one-year IFC membership, second $ 150 and third $ 100.

Winners will be recognized at the IFC Annual Meeting and on the IFC website. The cost of participation is $ 15 per sample with the contest limited to 100 samples. Entries must be received by Sure Tech Labs and Indiana Forage Council by September 15th.

Rules and registration forms can be found online. For more information contact Nick Minton at 812-279-4330 or [email protected], or Jason Tower at 812-678-4427 or [email protected].

Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, [email protected]

Source: Nick Minton, 812-279-4330, [email protected]

Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]

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