OZARK, Mo. — Katherine and Kendall Guither of Walnut took first and third place in the Baleage Division in the 2017 World Forage Analysis Superbowl competition.
Held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, the contest compares forage samples from across North America using laboratory and visual analysis. This year, a record-breaking 1,066 entries were evaluated in the contest, with winners named on Oct. 4.
“High-quality hay is always in short supply and brings a better sale price, which is why we select varieties carefully and manage our crop closely,” said first-place winner Katherine Guither. The Guithers’ first-place entry was a fifth cutting of the W-L Alfalfas’ 365HQ variety. The Guithers are four-time first-place winners at the World Forage Analysis Superbowl.
According to Kendall Guither, the Baleage Division’s third-place winner, alfalfa growers should pay close attention to details on every aspect of hay production throughout the growing season. “You have to be particular about the variety you pick, the seeding rate you choose, when you cut and rake, and getting high bale density to exclude oxygen.”
The biggest thing under our control that affects quality is an aggressive cutting schedule. Once the plant reaches maximum feed value, it’s time to cut.”