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Syngenta grower wins World Forage Analysis Superbowl

Published on 27 October 2011

Kelli Hinman, a Syngenta grower from Hardrock Farms in Wheatland, Wyoming, was named Champion Forage Producer Wednesday, October 5, at the 22nd Annual World Forage Analysis Superbowl in Madison, Wisconsin, during the World Dairy Expo.

Hinman, whose father accepted the award on her behalf, entered a 2010 fourth-cutting sample of 6422Q.


The entry scored 356 for relative forage quality (RFQ) and tested 25.1 percent crude protein (CP), 20.5 percent neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and 56 percent NDF digestibility.

Hinman received a prize for taking top honors. She will receive an additional prize from Syngenta doubling the amount for winners who entered the contest with a Syngenta variety.

In addition, her father, Dave Hinman, won Grand Champion in the commercial hay division of the competition with 6422Q. His entry scored 343 for RFQ and tested 24.7 percent CP, 21 percent NDF and 55.2 percent NDF digestibility. His entry also placed fifth in the grass-hay division.

“This was a new seeding in 2010 and had a good leafy quality to it with a high yield,” Hinman said of his daughter’s grand champion entry. “We contract with some producers in Iowa that are pretty picky about their hay.

They’re happy with 6422Q because it stores well, smells good and keeps a strong green color. We’re quite happy with it too.”

The Hinmans are not new to the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. Dave Hinman has entered for the past six years and placed five times with a Syngenta variety, taking top honors in the first time entry category in 2005.

The Hinmans were among the nearly 400 entries from 23 states competing in this annual contest held during the World Dairy Expo. Syngenta varieties were well represented in other categories as well.

Barb and Karl Wogsland took sixth place in the dairy haylage category with their Genoa entry that scored 203 RFQ and tested 23.6 percent CP, 33 percent NDF and 51.3 percent NDF digestibility.

The Wogslands also placed ninth in the dairy hay category with a Genoa entry that scored 277 RFQ and tested 28.4 percent CP, 24.8 percent NDF and 58.6 percent NDF digestibility.

Randall Geiger of Reedsville, Wisconsin, took 14th place in the same category with a Syngenta 6417 entry that scored 210 RFQ and tested 26.9 percent CP, 30.3 percent NDF and 49.1 percent NDF digestibility

Dairy samples were judged on lab analysis (60 percent), visual judging (20 percent), herd production information (10 percent), and calculated milk per ton (10 percent). Commercial entries were judged on lab analysis (70 percent) and visual judging (30 percent).

Visual judging consists of analyzing the color, texture, maturity and leafiness, depending on the category. AgSource Laboratories, in Bonduel, Wisconsin, tested the samples.  FG

—Syngenta press release