Quality Cup samples due next Friday

Cornell Cooperation Extension of Northern New York and William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute educators are reminding regional farmers there is still time to submit samples for analysis and the opportunity to win cash prizes as part of the NNY Forage Quality Cup competition. Samples will be accepted with submission form and $5 per sample fee until next Friday, March 26.

Farmers may submit entries in three categories: conventional (non-BMR) corn silage, BMR corn silage, and haylage/baleage. Farmers will receive a standard forage analysis (valued at $16) from the Dairy One Forage Lab in Ithaca for each entry.

Forage samples will be judged on a county-by-county and a regional basis for forage quality analysis and the milk per ton calculation based on the University of Wisconsin MILK2006 program.

The top-rated samples in each county will receive $50 cash prizes with a $200 cash award presented to the NNY regional winner from all six counties for non-BMR corn silage and haylage/baleage. BMR corn samples will be accepted with one overall NNY regional winner receiving a $200 cash prize.

The NNY Forage Quality Cup competition is organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations of Northern New York and Dairy One.

The Dairy One Forage Lab; Miller Spraying; Blue Sea Richer Dairy Nutrition; Farm Credit East, ACA, Burrville and Potsdam; Feed Commodities International, Inc.; Cargill Animal Nutrition; Countryside Veterinary Clinic; Renaissance Nutrition, Inc., and D&D Spray Service are co-sponsoring the competition.

Farmers may also bring samples to the NNY Crop Congress meetings Wednesday, March 24, in Carthage or Thursday, March 25, in Madrid. Any of the six NNY Cornell Cooperative Extension offices may be contacted for a submission form.

Northern NY Forage Quality Cup winners will be announced in April with the winners' forage production tips posted on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Web site at www.nnyagdev.org.

For more information, contact Anita Deming, at 962-4810, ext. 409.

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