World Ag Expo officials announced yesterday that they have extended the deadline for the 2010 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge to Jan. 14.

“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,” says Bernie Cargle, 2010 World Ag Expo Chairman.

In addition to the extended deadline World Ag Expo, also announced that Lallemand Animal Nutrition North America has sponsored the $18,000 in contest awards and prizes. 1st place in all three categories will receive $2,000, 2nd place $1,500 and 3rd place $1,000.

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.

“Mycogen Seeds is pleased to have the opportunity to help establish this exciting new event at World Ag Expo and focus attention on the production of high-quality forages in the West,” says Greg Cannon, Mycogen Seeds silage marketing specialist.

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 preformed by Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Inc., 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 Jan. 14, 2010 (extended deadline).

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Source: World Ag Expo