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Hay Production School - 2010

Hay Production School - 2010The 3rd Annual Hay Production School was held April 8-9, 2010 at the home of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, GA. This event follows on the resounding success of our first two annual Hay Production Schools. Because of our partnership with the good folks at the Sunbelt Expo, the 2010 Hay Production School was our biggest event yet!

Program Details

The 2010 Hay Production School was a very valuable time for serious hay producers who wanted to learn more about modern hay-making techniques. This program was dedicated to those who are serious about commercial hay production and those who would like a thorough, "A to Z coverage" of the subject. We pride ourselves in the fact that this training is unique in the Southeast, as it is essentially the only program of its kind.

Below is an outline of the major topics that we covered. The program's agenda can be found here.

Presentation Topics
1. Hay Production Economics and Outlook
2. Forage Quality I: Nutritional Quality
3. Forage Quality II: Quality of Horse Hay
4. Selecting the Right Species and Variety for Your Hay Enterprise
5. Key Steps in Bermudagrass Establishment
6. Fertilization Fundamentals for Hay Producers
7. Weed Management Options for Hay Producers
8. Insect Management Options for Hay Producers
9. Keys to Maximizing Your RFQ Score
10. Hay Storage Systems
11. Industry and Technology Updates: Equipment Demos  
12. Field Exercises/ Demonstrations  
13. Alfalfa and Perennial Peanut Production in the South
14. Irrigating and Monitoring Soil Moisture
15. How to Cure and Handle High Quality Hay
16. Hay Preservatives
17. Baled Silage
18. Fine-Tuning Fertilization in Your Hayfields
19. Marketing Tips
20. "A Hay Broker's Secrets"
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We also welcomed a special guest for our capstone address. Tom Keene spent several years with one of the nation's largest hay brokerages and served the thoroughbred horse industry in Central Kentucky. Mr. Keene shared a great presentation with the group entitled "A Hay Broker's Secrets: An Inside Look at Large-Scale Hay Markets."


Link to the USDA-AMS's report on Current Production Costs and Hay Prices in the Southeast.

"Southern Forages" was an integral part of the 2010 Hay Production School because it is an excellent resource for hay and pasture producers in the South. To get your own copy of "Southern Forages", you can order straight from the publisher (International Plant Nutrition Institute) by clicking here. Their website also has a more in depth description of the book and its content.