World Ag Expo has 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,” said 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. First place in all three categories will receive $2,000, second place $1,500 and third place $1,000.

“Producing the best quality forages possible is the foundation for profitability on the dairy,” said Dr. Bob Charley, Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Lallemand hopes that this new event will help to raise the profile of this key issue and increase the focus on honing best practice forage management skills at all levels.”

The contest, 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 Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming may enter by submitting samples 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.

It costs $25 per entry. Entry forms and contest rules are available at www.worldagexpo.com/General-Info/Forage-Challenge.htm.