School of Agriculture
Contest Description and Objectives
Students will judge 4 samples of Field Corn, 4 samples of Small Grains, 4 samples of Hay and samples of Silage, Haylage or high moisture corn and rank the samples from best to worst.
Students should review the characteristics of high quality hay, small grains, silage and high moisture corn. Below is an example of a score card for hay.
2 students per team and a maximum of 3 teams per school
Contest Location and Starting Time(s) Marshall Hall, Room 115 at 10:30 a.m. Prizes: High Team - Certificate
High Individual - Certificate and Scholarship
Second High Individual - Certificate
Physical Features Hay Score Card - Sample
COLOR POINTS Bright "hay green" 21-26 Bleached green 15-20 Yellowing 5-10 Brown 0 MOLD/ODOR POINTS Free of mold, clean 10-12 Dusty 6-9 Visible mold 0-3 FOREIGN MATERIALS (Hardware Disqualifies) POINTS Absent 4 Limited 2-3 Easily observed (weeds, straw, manure) 0-1 MATURITY (mark only one) L = Legumes G = Grasses POINTS L: late bud - 10% flower 4 G: head emergence - anthesis 4 L: veg. to early bud 3 G: boot 3 L: full bloom + 2 G: green ripening 2 L: early seed pods 1 G: yellow ripe 1 L: black seed pods 0 G: shattered ripe 0 LEAF RETENTION POINTS >80% 4 60-79% 3 40-59% 2 20-39% 1 <20% 0
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