Source: World Ag Expo
World Ag Expo will continue to hold its World Ag Expo Forage Challenge, presented by Mycogen Seeds. This competition challenges farmers and ranchers to enter the bounty of their labors to see who produces the highest-quality forages in the West.
"Mycogen Seeds is pleased to continue its sponsorship of this program, which recognizes growers who produce high quality forages and provides educational information to help improve forage quality,” says Greg Cannon, Mycogen Seeds forage marketing specialist.
To enter the 2011 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge, forage growers are encouraged to take samples of the best corn silage and alfalfa hay they produce in 2010. The contest is administered in part by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), which coordinates sample testing and contest judging and also educates producers about the benefits of producing high quality forages.
"While high yields are very important for profitable hay and silage production, attaining high quality is a close second,” says Dan Putnam, UC Davis forage specialist. "Hay and forage quality has improved substantially over the past 40 years in major dairy regions, where dairy producers and cash hay producers have discovered the impacts of improved forage quality on milk production.”
Farmers and ranchers from 11 Western states are invited to enter the competition. Entries will be judged in three categories: alfalfa hay, standard corn silage and brown mid-rib (BMR) corn silage. Cash prizes will be awarded based on forage lab analyses, along with a visual evaluation of the entries by experts in dairy nutrition and forage production.
Cost to enter the 2011 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge is $25 per entry. All forage samples must be submitted to UC Davis for judging by Dec. 10, 2010. Entry forms and full contest rules can be found at www.worldagexpo.com/General-Info/Forage-Challenge.htm. The winner of the contest will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 at World Ag Expo.
"High quality forage is an important tool in our agriculturalist's toolbox,” says Lee Coito, 2011 World Ag Expo Chairman. "This challenge not only provides a competitive venue for our growers, but also provides an educational forum for those interested in learning how to grow higher quality forages.”