A lineup of top-flight alfalfa and nutrition experts will be on hand for this year’s Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS). Sponsored by the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA), the event is scheduled for Nov. 18-20 at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites-MSP Airport in Bloomington, MN.

The seminar helps producers and industry representatives get the most from their investment in alfalfa. Among the topics being covered are:

  • Genetics, varieties, variety development, seed production.
  • Growth and development, soils, fertility, nitrogen fixation, water use and irrigation, stress management, pests, dormancy and overwintering.
  • Harvest management, drying, harvest aids.
  • Forage quality, sampling, testing, terms.
  • Marketing, economics, buying and selling hay.
  • Use of alfalfa in dairy, beef and horse rations.

Dan Undersander and Randy Shaver from the University of Wisconsin; Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky; Marvin Hall, Penn State University; and Neal Martin, former U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center director, will make presentations.

Registration will open in July. The program cost is $550 for registrations received by Nov. 1. After that date, the price increases to $600.

See a brochure. For additional information, call NAFA’s Western office at  509-585-5460.