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Ag Progress Days Hay Show

Posted: August 2, 2017

Our judges at the Ag Progress Days Hay Show are eagerly awaiting to evaluate your hay. So bring along a sample to the drop-off point on Tuesday, August 15 by 10:00 a.m. (the first day of the show.)

As you make hay this year, pull a couple of your best bales and store them in a dry spot so that when Ag Progress Days rolls around you will have easy access to them. The Hay Show is located inside the Harrington Building at the end of East 5th Street. Hay samples delivered to Ag Progress Days on Tuesday, August 15 should be dropped off at the special Hay Sample Drop Off Point located along the East entrance to Ag Progress Days. Deadline for sample delivery is 10:00 a.m. on August 15.

Please take note that the hay classes have changed from years past. Section I will include only completely field-cured hay, and Section II will include heat or mechanical drying, as well as added hay preservatives. Additional classes have been added to showcase the diversity of hay grown in Pennsylvania and expand the educational value of the show.

All members of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council can enter any number of samples without a charge. All other non-member exhibitors will be charged $10/sample. Entry fees must accompany hay samples. Credit cards will not be accepted. Must have check or cash.

If exhibitor is not a member of the PFGC and would like to join, membership brochure can be found at the American Forage Grassland Council website or contact Terri Breon at 814-355-2467 to be mailed to the exhibitor or membership can be paid with sample delivery.

Rules

  1. Entries officially close at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017. However, to facilitate handling of samples, exhibitors are urged to deliver their samples to the hay show building on Monday, August 15. Hay shipped or delivered prior to August 1 should be clearly identified as Hay Show Sample and addressed as shown below.
  2. All members of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council can enter any number of samples without a charge. All other non-member exhibitors will be charged $10/sample. Entry fees must accompany hay samples.
  3. The hay must have been grown by the Exhibitor in Pennsylvania in 2017.
  4. Exhibitors may enter in as many classes as they wish, but no exhibitor shall have more than one entry in a class, either in his own name, the name of the farm, or the name of some other person.
  5. Exhibitors must attach an entry blank, giving name, address, county and class in which the exhibit is to be entered. Exhibitors can secure additional entry blanks at their County Agricultural Extension Office.
  6. Long Hay From Any Bales (small square, large round or large square) That Have Been Cured (adequately dry) can be entered. An exhibit must consist of a bale section 4 to 6 inches thick, 12 inches high and 18 inches wide. Thin or moist samples will be disqualified.
  7. Samples must be tied with Twine.
  8. Judging will be based on both visual characteristics and forage quality analysis.
  9. Unless disapproved by the exhibitor, samples will be stored for exhibit in the Hay Show at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. To receive cash prizes from the Farm Show you must provide them with your Social Security Number. Mail the attached tear-off tab directly to the Farm Show.

For more information or a Hay Show brochure, please contact Jessica Williamson at jaw67@psu.edu or 814-865-9552 or visit our website.

Hay Show Sample Address

Dr. Jessica Williamson, Department Plant Science
116 Ag. Science and Industries Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

Contact Information

  • Extension Forage Specialist
Email:
Phone: 814-865-9552