The place to be if you raise or feed forages to livestock on Thursday, Sept. 2, will be the Purdue University Agronomy Farm north of West Lafayette, Ind. Two events will be held there at the same time, both related to doing a better job raising quality forages at affordable prices. You can choose the event that best meets your needs, notes Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.
First, the annual Diagnostic Training Session on forages will be held that day. It's part of the Diagnostic Training Center program headed up by Corey Gerber. Plots are outside, but the Beck Ag Center will also be available for inside programs for the event. It's geared toward consultants and those that work with forages, Johnson notes, but several top farmers often attend. Cost of this session is $100 for the day. Pre-registration is required.
At the same time, the Indiana Forage Council and Purdue University will host the annual Purdue Forage Day, beginning at the Agronomy farm with morning registration. This program has typically been help on private arms, although it did make a stop at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center in the mid-90's.
Those who planned the meeting decided to try something different this year, Johnson says. Hay Day was traditionally held in late June at a farm somewhere in the state for many years. Last year it was held in mid-September in Wayne County. The crowd was marginal at that event.
The morning program is packed with quality speakers, and that should draw more interest this time around. In fact, if you need credits toward renewing your pesticide applicators license, you can earn them, by attending the morning program. "Even if you don't need educational credits, you're going to leave thinking it was a helpful program," Johnson promises.
Speakers will delve into topics related to control of insects and diseases in hay fields, he notes. The exact final version of the program will be released soon. A Web site devoted to the Purdue Forage Day will also be up and active momentarily. You can find it by Googling Purdue Forage Day.
There is no charge to attend the Forage Day portion of the program,. In the afternoon, the Forage Day group will travel to the Purdue Animal Sciences unit a few miles to the north and west for traditional haying demonstrations, weather permitting.