Minnesotan Wins Forage Superbowl

A corn, soybean and commercial hay grower from Madison, MN, has won the 2003 World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl.

Rick Weber’s winning alfalfa sample tested 24.1% crude protein, 24.3% NDF and 57.45% NDF digestibility. Its relative feed value and relative forage quality scores were 279 and 309, respectively. The variety was WL 319HQ.

Weber was named contest grand champion at a luncheon during last week’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. He grows 30 acres of alfalfa, along with 300 acres each of corn and soybeans. For winning, he’ll get one season’s free use of a Kuhn disc mower-conditioner.

Other top winners include the Kamps family of Darlington, WI. Jacob Kamps won the commercial baleage class; his parents, Dan and Ruth, placed second; and brother Joshua finished third. The Kamps name is on the list of superbowl finalists almost every year. Joshua was overall grand champion in 1997 and his parents won top honors in 2000.

Perennial finalists Karl and Barb Wogsland, Scandinavia, WI, topped the dairy hay class. They have consistently placed near the top of that class in recent years, and were contest grand champions in 1996. Second place went to Thomas Woodford, Fall Creek, WI, and Jeanquart Farms, Casco, WI, finished third.

The Wogslands also placed third in dairy haylage. Cross Farms LLC, Winneconne, WI, won the class, followed by Matt Shafer, Spring Valley, WI.

Dick and Powell Farm, Cordell, OK, placed first in commercial hay, followed by Dan and Cora Hausladen, New Germany, MN, and Paul Peterson, American Fork, UT.

Brown midrib hybrids once again dominated the corn silage class, nabbing all of the top 20 placings. Ted Grembowicz, Clarendon, VT, placed first. Dave De Kam, Falmouth, MI, and Dalmann Farms, Brillion, WI, placed second and third, respec-tively.

Cash Ruane, North Clarendon, VT, was named top first-time entrant.