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'Hay Day' Offers Opportunity to See Top Quality Forage Farms'Hay Day' Offers Opportunity to See Top Quality Forage Farms

There's a new format for Forage Day in Indiana this year.

Tom Bechman 1

June 14, 2013

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This year's Indiana Forage Day will move from farm to farm during the day instead of being at one location. That's a large departure from forage days of the past!

The headquarters for the Forage Day is the Walk by Faith Community Church near Roann. It's located on State Highway 16, about 10 miles northwest of Wabash. The church is actually on the south edge of town on South Chippewa Street.


Registration and check-in is from 9 to 9:20 a.m. EDT. A chartered bus will take people to the farms if you pre-register before June 18. Others who sign up afterwards can follow in their own vehicles. The cost for the field day is $10. Contact your Extension office about how you sign up for the event and reserve a spot on the bus.

The forage tour will visit Steve Flack's farm, a commercial hay operation. He recently invested in a Steffen big bale conversion system, which will be discussed on the tour.

Stoltzfus' Dairy is the second stop. This is a pasture-based dairy farm. Lunch will be back at the church.

In the afternoon, Jeremy Sweeten will discuss how he harvests baleage to get crops made on time. Demonstrations on baling and wrapping will be underway if weather permits.

Finally, the tour visits a warm-season grass bioenergy site. Purdue University has a grant to study care and management of warm-season grasses, in anticipation of cellulosic ethanol someday becoming a reality. Participants will learn how to properly calibrate a drill for these crops. The plots were established in 2012, but it was a hard year for establishing warm-season grasses.

There are several other plots across the state, including one at the FFA Center at Trafalgar. Watch for more information on these plots later.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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