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FARM JOURNAL ANNOUNCES FIELD DAYS: HAY AND FORAGE EDITION
by Portia Stewart, AgWeb.com

Join us online for a free day of education on June 8 to gain insights on reducing weeds in forages, mowing and drying hay and haylage and much more.

Join us at Farm Journal Field Days June 8-9! Register here (it's free!)

Here's a sneak peek of the information-packed agenda:

Ration Development Around Forages

Jeff Lehmkuhler, Associate Extension Professor with Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky will discuss the principles of forage testing, including how the laboratory values can be used in developing strategic supplementation programs for beef cattle.
Speaker: Jeff Lehmkuhler, Associate Extension Professor with Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky

Silage Fiber and Starch Digestibility - A Lactating Cow Perspective

This presentation will discuss indicators of fiber and starch digestibility commonly used or under implementation by the dairy industry; connect these indicators with dairy cow nutritional physiology, feeding behavior and performance; and discuss practical strategies to improve these indicators in corn and sorghum silage.

Speaker: Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Top 10 Steps to Minimize the Impact of Weeds in Forages

Learn about the impact of weeds on alfalfa establishment, and on alfalfa production during establishment year as well as the impact of weeds on pasture production and forage uptake and palatability.
Speaker: Mark Renz, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Keys to Chopping, Packing, and Feeding Excellent Silage

Discover the key decisions that producers make at silage harvest that influence the quality and stability of their most important feed crop. Dr. Dennis Hancock will identify the key management decisions made when chopping, packing, and feeding silage and during the feedout stage.
Speaker: Dennis Hancock, Center Director for the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

Mowing and Drying Hay and Haylage

Dan Undersander, Forage Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss cutting management on alfalfa and grass as it affects yield, quality and stand persistence. You'll also learn conditioning and windrow management for optimum drying.
Speaker: Dan Undersander, Forage Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin

Top Considerations for Baling and Storage of Dry Hay or Baled Silage

During this session, Wayne K. Coblentz, Research Leader for U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, will talk about the effects of rain damage on wilting forage crops, spontaneous heating in hays and use of preservatives for dry hay. He will also cover baled silage as an alternative to dry hay and weathering and outdoor storage of dry hay.
Speaker: Wayne K. Coblentz, Research Leader, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

Root Rots in alfalfa: Past, Present, and Future

In this session you'll learn the environmental conditions that increase risk of root rot diseases and how to reduce these risks before and during plant establishment. You'll also learn the most common organisms causing root rots and the disease symptoms we well as details on several diseases that are emerging as new threats to alfalfa production and the current management methods to reduce damage.
Speaker: Deborah Samac, Supervisory Research Geneticist with USDA-ARS

Machinery Pete Gives Update On Livestock Equipment Trends

Join Machinery Pete, the most trusted name in farm equipment, for top takeaways on hay & forage, skid steers, tractors and more. Founder Greg Peterson gives his insights and shares what every farmer needs to know about today's machinery market.
Speaker: Greg Peterson, AKA Machinery Pete


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