A grass hay category will be added in the 2011 World Forage Analysis Superbowl contest celebrated at World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, this coming October.

“The committee is excited to add an additional category to this growing contest,” says Steve Peterson of AgSource Cooperative Services, one of the contest’s sponsors. “This new category recognizes the growth and importance of grass-based forages.

“In last year’s contest, 279 entries from 25 states went home with over $20,000 in cash prizes. We’re seeing more dairy producers and forage growers competing each year, and we hope the grass hay category will allow for even more to get involved,” he says.

The Superbowl’s other six categories are: commercial hay, dairy hay, haylage, baleage, standard corn silage and brown midrib (BMR) corn silage. Sponsors also present Quality Counts Awards for hay/haylage and corn silage. Category winners and the Grand Champion Forage Producer are named at a special luncheon at Expo.

For more on the Superbowl, visit www.foragesuperbowl.org or call 715-758-2178. Cash prize details, entry forms and contest rules will be available in March. The deadline for corn silage entries for this year’s contest is Aug. 18, and all other entries are due Sept. 7. A $25 fee provides entry into the contest and the opportunity to win cash prizes, along with a detailed laboratory analysis of the sample.

The Superbowl is organized in partnership with AgSource Cooperative Services, AgSource Laboratories, DairyBusiness Communications, Hay & Forage Grower, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin and World Dairy Expo.