Forage growers urged to enter World Ag Expo competition

Growers of high-quality forages will be rewarded with cash prizes in the 2012 World Ag Expos forage challenge at the ag expo in February, 2012.

The competition challenges farmers and ranchers in 11 western states to enter their best alfalfa hay, standard corn silage or brown midrib corn silage to honor those who produce the highest-quality forages in the West. The deadline to enter is Dec. 15.

To enter the 2012 forage challenge, forage growers are encouraged to take samples of their best standard corn silage, BMR corn silage and alfalfa hay grown in 2011. The contest is administered in part by the University of California, Davis which coordinates sample testing, contest judging and educates producers about the benefits of producing high-quality forage.

Up to $18,000 in cash prizes will be awarded based on forage lab analyses and a visual evaluation of entries by dairy nutrition and forage production experts.

Cost to enter is $25 per entry. All forage samples must be submitted by UC Davis for judging by Dec. 15. Entry forms and full contest rules can be found online at http://www.worldagexpo.com/General-Info/Forage+Challenge.htm. The winner of the contest will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the World Ag Expo.

-- Carol Reiter