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Forage is Focus of Field Day

Forage is Focus of Field Day

MU Forage Systems Research Center at Linneus to feature latest research in management-intensive grazing on Sept. 29.

This summer's drought and heat put pressure on many Missouri livestock producers. They can learn new strategies to alleviate forage shortages and hear many other strategies to improve their operations -- from forage strategies to wildlife habitat and timber management -- at the University of Missouri's Forage Systems Research Center's annual Field Day, Sept. 29.

The field day features two wagon tours and a walking tour. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. After learning how to improve forage quality, profitability and strategies to control resistant weeds, attendees can enjoy a free lunch.

The heat and drought during the summer have caused significant forage shortfalls around the state. Robert Kallenbach, MU professor of plant sciences and Extension forage specialist, will present his research on summer annual forages to alleviate those shortages.

Craig Roberts, MU plant sciences professor, will address a common dilemma for producers: What will the toxin levels be if I make hay or silage from tall fescue? Roberts will explain strategies to reduce toxin levels and explain the factors that affect toxicity. 

Winter feeding strategies, new technology to measure pasture production, how to background weaned calves on pasture, improving wildlife habitat and timber management also will be discussed.

Located near Linneus in north-central Missouri, the center is one of 20 around the state at which the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources conducts impactful research benefitting Missouri farmers.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Davis at or 660-985-5121, or visit the website,

Source: MU Cooperative Media Group
TAGS: Livestock
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