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LEARN THE LATEST: Get up-to-date information on all things forage at one of the Midwest Forage Association’s Tour de Forage meetings in Minnesota in late January.

Midwest Forage hosts meetings across Minnesota

Expanded forage use to be discussed at meetings held in Rochester, Royalton and Floodwood.

Options and opportunities to use forages in nontraditional ways will be one of many presentations made at the Jan. 29-31 Midwest Forage Association Tour de Forage meetings, held at three locations across Minnesota.

Kris Ringwall, director of the Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will discuss “The Forage Chain — New Thoughts on Expanded Forage Use,” and ask attendees to “think outside the box.”

“There are a lot of things we can do with forage, but we get pretty traditional,” says Ringwall, who recently retired as director of the North Dakota State University-Dickinson Research and Extension Center. He promises to make attendees think not only about how they’re producing and using forages now, but also how they may consider growing other forages — or the same forages in different ways — to expand forage use while making a profit.

At two of the three Tour de Forage meetings, Ringwall will also suggest ways beef producers can increase profits in the talk titled, “Profit Centers and Cow-Calf Environmental Factors.”

Tour de Forage meetings are scheduled for:

• Jan. 29, Rochester, Eagles Club

• Jan. 30, Royalton, American Legion

• Jan. 31, Floodwood, The Event Center

To take advantage of discounted preregistration, which ends Jan. 18, visit Attendees may also register at the door.

Presentations, depending on location, include:

• Cover Crop Systems with Forage Opportunities. Martin Larsen, Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District, Rochester, Minn.; and farmer panel.

• The Power of Two — Feeding BMR and HarvXtra Together. Phil Bollman, Forage Genetics International, St. Paul, Minn.

• Making Alfalfa-Grass Mixes Work in Conventional and Roundup Ready Systems. Jake Overgaard, University of Minnesota Extension, Winona.

• Economics of Bale Wrapping Options. Matt Digman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

• Evaluating Progress in Alfalfa Forage Quality Improvement. Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

• The Impact of Tedding on the Economic Production of Alfalfa Silage. Matt Digman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

• Outdoor Storage Losses of Alfalfa Baled with Net Wrap or B-Wrap. Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

• Survival of the Small Dairy Farm. Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota, St. Cloud.

• Farm Financials & Transitions. Al and Chris Jackson, Jackson Farms, Blueberry, Minn.

• Industrial Hemp in Minnesota. John Strohfus, Minnesota Hemp Farms, Hastings.

• Economics of Forage Seeding. Rick Tamm, Byron Seeds, Albany, Minn.

Lunch and a copy of the series proceedings are included with registration.

To register, visit, or contact MFA at 651.484.3888.

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