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World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners

 

The Heart (and Silage) of a Champion

Breezy Hill Dairy Named 2017 World Forage Grand Champion.

The Breezy Hill Dairy standard corn silage topped the record-breaking 1066-entries to be named the Worlds Forage Grand Champion. The winning variety, Pioneer® brand P9789AMXT™, was originally entered in the standard corn silage category.

Alex and Mary Olson, Breezy Hill Dairy in Dallas, Wisconsin, live by the philosophy that you should surround yourselves with great industry partners and seize opportunities when they arise. That’s exactly what they did when their Pioneer sales representative, Andy Bensend, stopped at the farm this summer and encouraged them to enter the World Forage Analysis Super Bowl.

“Andy has been part of our team for many years, both recommending the hybrids that will work best on our acres and custom harvesting our silage,” says Alex. “We had entered the Forage Super Bowl a few years ago but, like many operations, as we expanded we just didn’t take the time in recent years.”

“This year we were challenged to make the Forage Super Bowl more of a priority for our top customers,” notes Andy Bensend, AB Seed & Consulting and local Pioneer sales professional. “We knew it had been a good growing season in Wisconsin and that Alex and Mary consistently manage their silage well. They were at the top of our list.”

After reviewing initial forage test results, Alex and Andy’s teams worked together to pull the final sample and submit the paperwork to officially enter the Standard Corn Silage category with Pioneer® brand P9789AMXT™ silage.

Steady Growth
Alex grew up on Breezy Hill Dairy and after their marriage in 1996, he and Mary have worked together to lead the expanding operation. A barn fire in 2007 accelerated the growth and the operation now boasts 10 employees and nearly 700 cows.

“We do things a little differently here and follow a different philosophy. We look to keep things simple and manageable so we can really take care of the cows,” says Alex. “In the past, we’ve tried using different technologies for higher production, but we’ve chosen to move away from focusing on just that. Now we keep only those technologies, like Pioneer 11CFT, that make us more efficient and profitable.”

With a focus on managing the ration with as many local ingredients as possible, Alex and Mary work toward a goal of supporting 80 pounds of milk with an 80% forage ration. “We haven’t quite made it yet but we’re running 75%+ depending on the forage test results,” notes Alex. “The biggest thing we saw last year was the high starch. That allowed us to push a lot more corn silage in our diets. The next step toward achieving that goal will likely include low lignin alfalfa.”

Breezy Hill Dairy grows alfalfa and corn for silage on 1,050 acres in Northern Wisconsin.

It Takes A Team
Alex and Mary are humble when asked about what makes them a champion.

“Andy let us know that we were a finalist in the contest but during the busy harvest season we really didn’t think too much about it,” comments Alex.

“We almost didn’t make it down for the banquet, which would have been terrible,” notes Mary. “Our letter was lost in the mail so we didn’t make a reservation. Andy took care of us and made sure we had a hotel room and the whole team scrambled to find seats for us at the banquet. We were very honored and very shocked – our team helped get us there and we were even able to celebrate our wedding anniversary as part of the festivities!”

“It takes a team to get it all done and we rely heavily on that team,” adds Alex. “For us, farming is not a destination, it’s a journey. And the Champion Forage is a really nice milestone along that journey.”


More About the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Contest

In the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Contest, dairy producers from across the country enter their highest-quality forages in seven different categories to compete for more than $25,000 in cash prizes. Entrants' samples are judged 30% on a visual analysis and 70% on a forage analysis — analyzing for dry matter, crude protein, ADF, NDF, NDFD, RFQ and milk per ton (corn silage is not analyzed for RFQ.) This year, growers using Pioneer® brand products won in multiple categories, including World Forage Grand Champion. Check out the numbers below.

RANKNAMECITYSTATEPIONEER® BRAND PRODUCT / VARIETYNDFD-30 HRRFQMILK PER TONFINAL SCORE
Worlds Forage Grand Champion - From Standard Corn Silage Category
1 ALEX OLSON DALLAS WI P9789AMXT™ 60.88 N/A 3746 96.7
 
Grand Champion First Time Entrant - From Standard Corn Silage Category
1 JUDD FARMS WATERVILLE MN P0157AMX™ 61.67 N/A 3760 94.1
 
Grand Champion Commercial Hay
2 KAMPS ALFALFA FARMS DARLINGTON WI PIONEER 55V50 57.14 342 3904 95.3
17 RAC FARMING INC. LINGLE WY PIONEER 54V56 41.45 220 2967 76.1
 
Grand Champion Dairy Hay
6 TOWN & COUNTRY FARMS MELROSE WI PIONEER 55V50 56.15 187 3137 76.4
 
Grand Champion Haylage
9 JACOB PETERSON PINE CITY MN PIONEER 55V50 46.77 187 3137 76.4
15 VALLEY HILL FARMS KENDALL WI PIONEER 55V48 57.60 233 3381 82.2
17 GILGENBACH FARMS TAOPI MN PIONEER 55V50 53.64 225 3231 81.7
 
Grand Champion BMR Corn Silage
2 DAYSTAR DAIRY LITTLE FALLS MN P1180XR 65.00 N/A 3768 93.1
7 BOLLANT FARMS STITZER WI P1180XR 62.86 N/A 3772 92.3
8 JEREMY HAAS COLBY WI P0783XR 65.65 N/A 3231 92
9 DEJNO FARMS INDEPENDENCE WI P1449AMX™ 64.92 N/A 3764 91.5
10 L&N DAIRY WAUPUN WI P1180XR 65.28 N/A 3770 91.2
 
Grand Champion Standard Corn Silage
2 MARTIN VANDERSTAPPEN LAKE GENEVA WI P1197 60.50 N/A 3758 93.2
3 HINSCH FARMS GOODHUE MN P0921AMXT™ 60.47 N/A 3723 93.2
4 PRAIRIELAND DAIRY BELLEVILLE WI P0921AMXT™ 59.43 N/A 3718 93.1
5 LINDER FARMS STOCKHOLM WI P0242AMXT™ 59.80 N/A 3725 93.1
6 MIKE SIEVERT SOBIESKI WI P9840AM™ 59.06 N/A 3752 92.6
 
Quality Counts Corn Silage
  FREDRICK FARMS OWEN WI P8906AMXT™ Kd Rate 9.02    
 
Quality Counts Hay / Haylage
  PRAIRIELAND DAIRY LLC BELLEVILLE WI PIONEER 55VR08 Kd Rate 9.80    

 

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AcreMax®    

AM - Optimum® AcreMax® Insect Protection system with YGCB, HX1, LL, RR2. Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above-ground insects. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate refuge must be planted with Optimum AcreMax products.
AM-R - Optimum® AcreMax® Insect Protection system with YGCB, HX1, RR2. Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above-ground insects. Do not spray with Liberty®. Not all seeds in the bag are tolerant to Liberty herbicide. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate refuge must be planted with Optimum AcreMax products.

 

AcreMax® Xtra     AMX - Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection system with YGCB, HXX, LL, RR2. Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above- and below-ground insects. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate corn borer refuge must be planted with Optimum AcreMax Xtra products.

 

AcreMax® XTreme   Herculex® XTRA   Agrisure® RW   Yieldgard® Corn Borer   Roundup Ready® Corn 2   LibertyLink®

AMXT (Optimum® AcreMax® XTreme) - Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above- and below-ground insects. The major component contains the Agrisure® RW trait, the YieldGard® Corn Borer gene, and the Herculex® XTRA genes. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate corn borer refuge must be planted with Optimum AcreMax XTreme products. HXX - Herculex® XTRA contains the Herculex I and Herculex RW genes. YGCB - The YieldGard® Corn Borer gene offers a high level of resistance to European corn borer, southwestern corn borer and southern cornstalk borer; moderate resistance to corn earworm and common stalk borer; and above average resistance to fall armyworm. LL - Contains the LibertyLink® gene for resistance to Liberty® herbicide. RR2 - Contains the Roundup Ready® Corn 2 trait that provides crop safety for over-the-top applications of labeled glyphosate herbicides when applied according to label directions. 
Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are registered trademarks of Bayer. YieldGard®, the YieldGard Corn Borer design and Roundup Ready® are registered trademarks used under license from Monsanto Company. Herculex® Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC. Agrisure® is a registered trademark of, and used under license from, a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure® technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under a license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG.

 

Herculex® RW    HXX - Herculex® XTRA contains both the Herculex I and Herculex RW genes.
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