The World Forage Analysis Superbowl is seeking entries for the 2011 contest.
The deadline for corn silage entries is August 18. All other entries are due September 7.
More than $22,000 cash will be awarded this year with each category champion receiving a check for $1,500. Additional cash will be awarded for additional winners in each category. Prizes are made possible by generous supporters.
"Every year we're amazed at the high quality of the forages entered into the contest," says Dan Undersander, Extension forage specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "The contest is designed to encourage quality forage production. We encourage you to enter or, at least, to stop by the exhibit in the Arena building at World Dairy Expo. Where else can you see so much high quality forage in one place?"
Contest categories include: Champion Grass Hay, sponsored by Barenbrug USA; Champion Dairy Hay, sponsored by Syngenta; Champion Dairy Haylage, sponsored by Kent Nutrition Group; Champion Commercial Baleage, sponsored by W-L Research; Champion Commercial Hay, sponsored by Bridon Cordage; Champion Standard Corn Silage, sponsored by Ag-Bag; and Champion Brown Midrib Corn Silage, sponsored by Mycogen Seeds.
All category winners will compete for the coveted Grand Champion Forage Producer honor and the $2,500 cash award, sponsored by NutriSave Forage Management System. In addition to the above categories, winners of the Quality Counts Hay/Haylage and Quality Counts Corn Silage categories will be named and each will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, sponsored by Croplan Genetics. The Quality Counts category will be based on a predetermined quality factor, which will not be announced until World Dairy Expo.
Corn silage entrants are encouraged to select a corn silage sample now and simply store it in a 2-gallon air tight container in the freezer until August 18, 2011 when the entries are due. All corn silage entries must be from the 2010 growing season.
All other samples must be received at AgSource Laboratories in Bonduel, Wis. before September 7. A $25 entry fee provides entry into the contest and the opportunity to win cash prizes, along with a detailed laboratory analysis of the sample. Participants may enter as often and in as many categories as desired. However, the Commercial Hay category is intended for hay growers who raise and sell hay as a business.
For entry forms and information, call 715-758-2178 or visit www.foragesuperbowl.org. The World Forage Analysis Superbowl is held annually in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, October 4-8, 2011 in Madison, Wis. The winners will be named at the Mycogen Seeds Awards Luncheon at Expo, held this year on October 5.