RALEIGH, N.C. — Congratulations to those who placed in the top of their categories at the 2019 NC State Fair Hay Show.
Hay samples were ranked based on a weighed scored that considered TDN (total digestible nutrients), CP (crude protein), a visual score (weed presence, leaf shatter, maturity, etc.), and adjusted for nitrate concentration.
The score was calculated as: Weighed score = visual score (0.4) + TDN (0.4) + CP (0.2) + Nitrate adjustment.
Alfalfa category: Carl Walker Christopher Stegall (3rd cut)
Bermudagrass category: Taylor Waitt John Burt Troy Jackson Tall
Fescue category: Scott Baucom
Orchardgrass category: Christopher Stegall (*This submission also won Best in Show across all categories)
Other Cool-season Grasses category: Christopher Stegall (ryegrass)
Mixed Cool-season Grasses category: John Salmi
Other Warm-season Grasses category: Christopher Stegall (crabgrass)
Grass-legume Mixture category: Christopher Stegall (alfalfa-crabgrass)
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all participants, NC Extension, and USDA-APHIS personnel that coordinated the 2019 Hay Contest.
–Stephanie Sosinski, N.C. State University