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World Forage Analysis Superbowl 
at World Dairy Expo in the Arena Building

World Forage Analysis Superbowl

In the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Contest, forage producers enter their highest quality forages in seven different categories to compete for more than $22,000 in cash prizes. The winning forage samples are on display at the east end of the Arena Building. Forage experts from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin and other research centers are on hand to present cutting-edge information and to answer individual forage research questions at the Dairy Forage Seminars. 

Forage Seminar Stage Schedule

Rules and Entry Form
To learn more about the 2015 World Forage Analysis Superbowl Contest, download the official Rules and Entry form (PDF). 

Corn silage entries must be received by August 13, 2015.
All other entries are due September 3, 2015.

2015 champions will be named at World Dairy Expo. Call 920-336-4521 with any questions.

News Releases

World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners Announced
Forage Superbowl Has Record Number of Entries
Entry Deadline for Forage Contest Nears
World Forage Analysis Superbowl Announces Sponsors for 2014 Contest








Standard Corn Silage

John McCelland Jr., Viroqua, Wis.


S and S Dairy, Royalton, Minn.
Brown Midrib
Corn Silage
Champion Dairy, Clinton, N.Y.  Baleage

Herbert Mast, Reedsville, Wis.

Grass Hay

Rosedale Seeds
Oxford, Wis.

Grand Champion Forage Johnson Farms LLC, Daggett, Mich.
Dairy Hay Evergreen View Dairy, Waldo, Wis. Grand Champion
First-Time Entrant
Todd Schroeder, Cashton, Wis.
Commercial Hay

David Hinman
Wheatland, Wy.

Quality Counts Awards for Hay/Haylage & Corn Silage

Maple Downs Farm II, Middleburg, N.Y.

S and S Dairy, Royalton, Minn.


Thank You to Our Silver Sponsor:

 SPECIAL THANKS to Mycogen Seeds for their Platinum SponsorshipMycogen Seeds

Dairy Forage Seminar Stage

Wednesday, October 1

10 a.m.

Making Quality Baleage with Annual Forages
Mike McCormick, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Franklinton, La.

Annual forages such as ryegrass and sorghum sudan are often used in double cropping systems, on rental land, or on land unsuitable for growing alfalfa or other forage crops. Putting them up as baleage instead of hay offers many advantages, including lower field losses and higher quality forage. Mike McCormick, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, offers advice on how to make high quality forage using stretch-wrapped plastic.

1:30 p.m.

Using Propionic Acid to Preserve More Hay
Wayne Coblentz, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Marshfield, Wis.

Historically, propionic-acid-based preservatives for hay have enjoyed demonstrated effectiveness within research studies, but these studies mostly have been with small rectangular bales. More recent studies with large-round bales have been disappointing, but other studies with large-rectangular bales have produced excellent results. Wayne Coblentz with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (Marshfield location) will review research results obtained with a variety of bale types and offer practical advice on when and how to use propionic acid to preserve hay.

Thursday, October 2

10 a.m.

Undigested NDF and Updates to NDF Digestibility: New Tools in Forage Analysis
Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

The industry is constantly looking for better ways to improve forage fiber analysis as a tool for comparing forages and for estimating rate of digestion, rumen fill, and intake potential of dairy cattle diets. One of the newer tools is uNDF (undigested neutral detergent fiber). Cornell dairy scientist Mike Van Amburgh explains the new method, compares it to other measures of NDF undigestibility, describes how agronomic conditions impact uNDF independent of lignin content, and shows how the dynamic nature of the uNDF helps explain variation in NDF digestion.

1:30 p.m.

Make Sure Your Kernel Processor is Doing Its Job
Kevin Shinners and Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

You know that processing corn silage improves starch utilization in dairy cattle. But do you know if the kernels are being processed adequately at the time of harvest? Kevin Shinners and Brian Luck of the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe an on-farm test that can be used during harvest so you can make equipment adjustments before material goes in the silo. They will also discuss a new "image" approach that may someday be a smart phone app to help assess kernel processing.

Friday, October 3

10 a.m.

Redesigning Alfalfa for Improved Protein Utilization: PPO and O-diphenols vs. Tannins
John Grabber, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, Wis.

Improving the utilization of protein in alfalfa by dairy cows would reduce feed costs for producers and lessen the risk of ammonia loss to the environment from manure.  Agronomist John Grabber of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center describes how these goals could be met by introducing protein-protecting tannins or PPO plus o-diphenols into alfalfa.

1:30 p.m.

Manure on Forage Crops: Benefits and Challenges
Bill Jokela, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Marshfield, Wis.

Looking for ways to successfully apply manure to forage crops? Soil Scientist Bill Jokela of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center discusses the benefits, as well as challenges, of applying manure on alfalfa and grass forages. He will present results from research on manure management and application methods that maximize yield and minimize crop damage and environmental impacts.

Saturday, October 4

10 a.m.

Do Higher Seeding Rates Improve Alfalfa Stand Persistence and Yield?
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

It seems logical that more alfalfa seed in the ground would translate to higher yields and better stand persistence. But research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that this isn’t always the case. Extension Forage Agronomist Dan Undersander shares the results of recent research on stand dynamics.