World Ag Expo has announced the 2010 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge. This new competition challenges farmers and ranchers to enter the bounty of their labor to see who produces the highest-quality forages in the West.

“This new event will allow farmers and ranchers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in producing high-quality forage, while challenging each other to some friendly competition at the same time,” said Bernie Cargle, 2010 World Ag Expo Chairman.

The 2010 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge, presented by Mycogen Seeds, is open to alfalfa hay and corn silage grown and harvested during 2009. Those judged to be the highest quality will be on display at the 2010 World Ag Expo, along with educational displays and seminars where growers can learn more about forage production.

Farmers and ranchers from 11 western states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—are invited to enter the 2010 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge by submitting samples from their bales or silos to the University of California-Davis. 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 2010 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge is $25 per entry. All forage samples must be submitted to the University of California-Davis for judging by January 8, 2010. Entry forms and full contest rules can be found here.

Source: World Ag Expo