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Local farmer has best hay in the state

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Glen and Toni Obermann, of Monett, received Grand Champion in the Hay Contest at the 2011 Missouri State Fair on Aug. 14. Pictured, from left, are: Commissioner Ted Sheppard; Missouri State Fair Queen Meredith Jones; Glenn and Toni Obermann; Commissioner Dr. Jack Magruder; Commissioner Elizabeth Schlueter; and Hay Superintendent Mark Murphy.
For the second year in a row, Glenn Obermann, of Monett, has claimed another top title at the Missouri State Fair. His entry of alfalfa hay was judged Grand Champion in the state hay contest on Aug. 14.

"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.

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