"I want people to know we can grow awful good hay here in southwest Missouri," said Obermann, who lives on a 300-acre farm located north of Monett and southeast of Freistatt. He farms the land with his wife, Toni, and son, Jason.
Obermann, a dairy farmer, said he has been farming his whole life. He sold his milk cows last year and now specializes in hay production -- a pursuit he's obviously good at with two back-to-back state grand champion hay titles to his credit.
When it comes to growing quality hay, Obermann has a three-pronged approach to success that involves soil fertility, weed control and baling with the dew on.
"There a ton of little things also," said Obermann. "It's a matter of taking the time to do the little things right like any job."
Obermann's winning entry in the state hay contest was a third cutting of alfalfa with a relative feed value (RFV) of 218.