It is time for landowners and hay producers to start making entries to the Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The entry deadline is July 10; judging takes place the day before the fair opens.
The hay show accepts entries for hay harvested in Missouri during 2011 and mainly conventional 60 to 80 pound rectangular bales. Classes are broken into legumes, legume-grass mixes, cool season grass, warm season grass and winter/summer annual grass entries.
Most of the entries are from eight to 10 counties surrounding Springfield, according to Cole.
"Exhibitors use the hay show to find out the real nutritional value of their hay," said Cole.
Entries for both fairs are submitted through local University of Missouri Extension Centers. Specialists will come to the farm and collect representative samples from each lot of hay entered.
A copy of the entry form is available online at bit.ly/hayshowentryform.
For more information, contact any of these MU Extension agronomy specialists in southwest Missouri: Tim Schnakenberg in Stone County at 417-357-6812; Jay Chism in Barton County at 417-682-3579; or John Hobbs in McDonald County at 417-223-4775.