Sealpro® Forage Contest Winners Announced

2020 Sealpro® Forage Contest Winners (L to R): Ron Kuber, Connor Agriscience; Siebren Jacobi, Rocking S Dairy, 3rd place Corn Silage; Willem Deboer, Deboer Dairy, 2nd place Corn Silage; Rick Nutcher, Nutcher Farm, 1st place Winter Forage; Kara DeGroot, representing Johann Dairy, 3rd place Winter Forage; John Madsen, Avery Madsen, Brooke Madsen, representing Dewit Dairy, 1st place Corn Silage; Joe Martin.

Sixty-three forage entries were displayed at the first annual Sealpro® Forage Contest during World Ag Expo in

Tulare, CA last week. Three categories were placed by two independent nutrition consultants: Alfalfa Haylage, Winter Forage, and Corn Silage. Results were based 60% on a Rock River Laboratory, Inc. complete lab analysis, 30% on actual sample inspection, and 10% on drive over shape, face management, and safety from a photo of the pile or bunker the sample was taken from.

“Our goal for the contest was to engage everyone through sight, smell, touch, and science,” said Connie Kuber, Connor Agriscience. “There is always something new to learn about forage, no matter how long you’ve been making it. Every year Mother Nature presents a different harvest scenario. The better prepared we are to meet that challenge through planning, communicating with our harvest crews, and keeping an eye on harvest method, the more dry matter and nutrients we’ll have. Our winners are great examples of that kind of care and attention to detail.”

Contest results were announced February 11 at a ceremony in the Connor Agriscience/Sealpro® display just west of the show’s Dairy Center. Winners received a plaque and prize money in each category: First place $500, Second place $250, Third place $100.

 

Eddie Mello presents Greg Hooker, Diamond H Dairy, with the 2nd place Alfalfa Haylage award.

 

ALFALFA HAYLAGE

First place: Chowchilla South Dairy, Chowchilla, CA

Second place: Diamond H Dairy, Chowchilla, CA

Third place: Ruann Dairy, Riverdale, CA

 

WINTER FORAGE

First place: Nutcher Farm, Modesto, CA

Second place: Chowchilla South Dairy, Chowchilla, CA

Third place: Johann Dairy, Fresno, CA

 

Joe Martin teaching Expo-goers about what’s fiber and starch digestibility in corn silage.

 

CORN SILAGE

First place: Dewit Dairy, Acampo, CA

Second place: Willem Deboer Dairy, Tulare, CA

Third place: Rocking S Dairy, Modesto, CA

 

Connie Kuber talking about forage judging criteria with the Miner Institute team.

 

The Sealpro® YOU be the Judge Contest was also held during Expo in the Connor Agriscience display. Entrants placed four corn silage samples using the same criteria as the Sealpro® Forage Contest. Fifty-six entries competed for prize money at each level: First place $250, Second place $100, Third place $50.

 

FFA CHAPTER TEAM

First place: Central Valley Christian FFA, Visalia, CA

Second place: Gustine FFA, Gustine, CA

Third place: Chowchilla FFA, Chowchilla, CA

 

 

COLLEGIATE TEAM

First place: Miner Institute, Chazy, NY

Second place: Fresno State University, Fresno, CA

 

INDIVIDUAL

First place: Jordan Miles, Clovis, CA

Second place: Brad Bitter, Chowchilla, CA

Third place: Brycen Knox, Tulare, CA

 

Smell is one way to evaluate forage quality. Samples of all 63 entries were available to smell, touch, and see along with lab results and photos of the piles and bunkers they came from.

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