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Southeast Hay Convention - 2012

Southeast Hay ConventionThe 5th Annual Southeast Hay Convention is planned for March 6-7, 2012 at the Tifton Campus Conference Center (directions) in Tifton, GA. This event follows on the resounding success of our previous programs. Here is a link to the AGENDA. More information is below.

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: $170 ($100 add. person same farm)
Friday, February 17th, 2012

REGULAR REGISTRATION: $195 ($125 add. person same farm)
Friday, March 2, 2012.



Early-bird registration for the Southeast Hay Convention is $170 for the first person from a family or farm and late registration is $195. Additional persons from the same family or farm are $100 if registering early or $125 if registering late. Included in your registration fee is a 400+ pg. Southeast Hay Convention notebook, a weed ID book, two lunches, refreshments, and other resources.

Registration for the Southeast Hay Convention is available online. You can also download this printable form, fill it out and mail or fax it to the Conference Office. (GA EXTENSION AGENTS: You must also register for this event, even if you have already entered your information in the Extension Training System.)


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn in Tifton (just off I-75 exit 62). The nightly rate is $70. But, you should hurry. This block of rooms will likely fill quickly. To reserve a room in this block, you will have to call the Comfort Inn at (229) 382-8250 and mention the reserved block under "Southeast Hay Convention." (You cannot get the special rate via the internet.)

There are a number of other hotels in Tifton. Prices for these hotels generally are $80-110+ per night. Here is a link that will help you find a hotel near the site of the convention. There are a number of nice restaurants near all of these hotels.


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Program Details

The 2012 Southeast Hay Convention will be valuable to serious hay producers who seek to learn more about modern hay-making techniques. This program is 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 will be covered.

Presentation Topics:

  1. Hay Production Economics and Outlook
  2. Climate Outlook and Implications for the Hay Market
  3. Fertilization Outlook for Hay Producers
  4. Problem Weeds and What to Do About Them
  5. Problem Insects and What to Do About Them
  6. Forage Bermudagrass Varieties for Southeastern Hay Producers
  7. Alfalfa and Perennial Peanut Production in the South
  8. Winter Annual Grass Varieties
  9. Key Steps in Forage Establishment
  10. Baled Silage
  11. How to Cure and Handle High Quality Hay
  12. Preventing Hay Molding and Heating
  13. Hay Storage Systems
  14. Evaluating New Hay Enterprises
  15. Marketing Tips
  16. Defining Forage Nutritional Value
  17. Meeting Quality Demands of the Market and Ensuring Repeat Business
  18. Fine-Tuning Fertilization in Your Hayfields
  19. Irrigating and Monitoring Soil Moisture
  20. Producer Panel Discussion
  21. Visit Variety Trials
  22. Forage Sampling Methods and Tools
  23. Soil Sampling and Interpreting Results
  24. Plant Tissue Sampling and Interpreting Results
  25. Measuring Soil Compaction


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

"Southern Forages" will be a major part of the 2011 Southeast Hay Convention 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). Their website also has a more in depth description of the book and its content.