Nearly 400 entries from 23 states competed for top honors and more than $22,000 in cash prizes at the 28th annual World Forage Analysis Superbowl. The champion forage producers were honored on earlier this week at the Mycogen World Forage Analysis Superbowl Awards Luncheon, held at World Dairy Expo. 

Kelli Hinman of Wheatland, Wyo., was named Champion Forage Producer and received a $2,500 check from Nutrisave Forage Management Systems.

Bappe Farm of Riverton, Wyo. was named Champion First Time Entrant and received $1,500 from Kuhn North America. 

Other champions include:

Dairy Hay  

S & B Dairy 

Sigel, Ill 


Dairy Haylage  

Corner Oak Farm 

Grand Blanc, Mich. 

Kent Feeds 

Dairy Corn Silage  

Kim Leudeman
Jon Merrell 

Hersey, Mich.
Wolcott, N.Y. 

Mycogen Seeds 

Grass Hay  

Danko Farms 

Powell, Wyo. 

Barenbrug USA 

Commercial Hay  

Hardrock Farms 

Wheatland, Wyo. 

Bridon Cordage 

Commercial Baleage 

Pounder Bros Inc. 

Delavan, Wis. 

W-L Research 

Quality Counts Awards
     Corn Silage

Valley Hill Farms
Sugar Creek Farms

Kendall, Wis.
Dansville, N.Y. 

Croplan Genetics
Croplan Genetics 

The first place entrant in each category received a check for $1,500. Second place winners received $500, third place were awarded $250, and $100 was given to fourth place finishers. Quality Counts Awards reward quality forage production; however, the criteria for selection are unknown to contestants at the time of entry.

There are two categories. This year's corn silage winner was selected based on percentage starch, while the Alfalfa/Grass winner was selected based on percentage ash. Croplan Genetics presented each of the Quality Counts winners with a $1000 cash prize.  

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl invites growers from across the United States and Canada to send their best samples in either dairy or commercial divisions. Dairy samples are judged on lab analysis (60 percent), visual judging (20 percent), herd production information (10 percent), and calculated milk per ton (10 percent). Commercial entries are judged on lab analysis (70 percent) and visual judging (30 percent). Visual judging consists of analyzing the color, texture, maturity and leafiness, depending on the category. AgSource Laboratories, in Bonduel, Wis., tested the samples.

The contest provides a unique opportunity for World Dairy Expo visitors to view quality forage entries, hear forage experts speak about forage production and milk profitability, and ask questions about forage research. All Forage Tool Box seminars have been approved for credit with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS). Find a complete list of seminars at


Top Five Placings In Each Category                                   

Dairy Hay: Sponsored by Syngenta

1st Place - S & B Dairy, Sigel, Ill.
2nd Place - Evergreen View of Waldo, Wis.
3rd Place - Old Settlers Dairy LLC of Denmark, Wis.
4th Place - Benjamin K Fischer Jr of Greenfork, Ind.
5th Place - Smil Aire Holsteins of Plymouth, Wis.       

Dairy Haylage: Sponsored by Kent Feeds

1st Place - Corner Oak Farm of Grand Blanc, Mich.
2nd Place - S & S Ag  of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
3rd Place - Alberta Valley Ag of Elberta, Utah.
4th Place - Olson Farms of Lena, Wis.
5th Place - Lakeside Dairy Farm Inc of Mineral, Va.      

Dairy Corn Silage (Brown Midrib [BMR]): Sponsored by Mycogen

1st Place - Jon Merrell of Wolcott, N.Y.
2nd Place - True Farms Inc of Perry, N.Y.
3rd Place - Four Mile Creek Dairy LLC of Rice Lake, Wis.

4th Place - Jason Stoltzfus Farm of Waterville, N.Y.
5th Place - Trierweiler Dairy Inc, of Portland, Mich.        

Dairy Corn Silage (Standard): Sponsored by Ag-Bag 

1st Place - Kim Leudeman of Hersey, Mich.
            2nd Place - B & D Dairy of Pound, Wis,
            3rd Place - Hickory Gables Inc, of Hickory Corners, Mich.
            4th Place - Jon Merrell of Wolcott, N.Y.
            5th Place - Gernaat Dairy LLC of Falmouth, Mich.

Commercial Hay: Sponsored by Bridon Cordage

1st Place - Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, Wyo.
            2nd Place - Dart Hay Service, of Streator, Ill.
            3rd Place - Danko Farms of Powell, Wyo.
            4th Place - Jerome Kampwerth of Carlyle, Ill.
            5th Place - Bappe Farm of Riverton, Wyo.                                               

Commercial Baleage: Sponsored by W-L Research

1st Place - Pounder Bros Inc. Delavan, Wis.
            2nd Place - Summit Farms, Plymouth, Wis.
            3rd Place - Houmes Farms, Veedersburg, Ind.
            4th Place - Vista Grande Farms LLC, Fleetwood, Pa
            5th Place - Kendall Guither, Walnut, Ill.  

Grass Hay: Sponsored by Barenbrug USA 

1st Place - Danko Farms, Powell, Wyo.
            2nd Place - David Olson of Lena, Wis.
            3rd Place - Pounder Bros Inc of Delevan, Wis.
            4th Place - Church Farms of Grand Marsh, Wis.
            5th Place - Hardrock Farms of Wheatland, Wyo.