School of Agriculture

and

Natural Resources

Crop Judging

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.

Pre-Contest Preparation


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.

Team Composition

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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