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:
To take advantage of discounted preregistration, which ends Jan. 18, visit midwestforage.org. midwestforage.org. 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 midwestforage.org, or contact MFA at 651.484.3888.
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