The World Forage Analysis Superbowl awarded top producers at a luncheon held on Wednesday at World Dairy Expo. The competition is celebrating 33 years of forage excellence.
This year there were 373 entries that hailed from 24 states. The forages are judged 70 percent on lab test results and 30 percent on visual characteristics. Awarded at the luncheon were the top five finishers in eight categories including baleage, hay, haylage, and corn silage.
World Dairy Expo Board of Directors President Al Deming praised contestants for the high-quality forages submitted.
The Grand Champion Forage Producer went to Tom Leubke of Mayer, Minn., who submitted grass hay. Champion First-Time Entrant was awarded to Dynamic Dairy Nutrition, based out of Hixton, Wis., with a baleage sample.
All of the top finishing samples can be viewed in the Arena Building.
Sydney Sleep was the 2016 Hay & Forage Grower summer editorial intern and is a junior at South Dakota University.